Permitting Workaround for Mountain Valley Pipeline Approved

by | Jun 20, 2020

In the wake of a judge’s decision to pause use of a broadly permissive U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for energy projects near water sources, developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline proposed drilling under the Roanoke River, according to a report in the Roanoke Times. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the workaround. Somehow this enables the project to sidestep the sort of comprehensive environmental review the Corps permit now requires. Under its current leadership, FERC has yet to see a pipeline proposal it doesn’t like. Status: Approved. Pipeline developers say this portion of the pipeline can be complete in 90 days.

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Amy Westervelt is the editor-in-chief of Drilled News, creator and host of the Drilled podcast, and founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's Podcast Network of the Year in 2019. An award-winning print and audio journalist, Amy has contributed to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as KQED, The California Report, Capital Public Radio, and many other outlets. She is the 2015 winner of the Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism," and a 2016 winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. In 2019, the Drilled podcast won the Online News Association's "Excellence in Audio Storytelling" award.

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Emily J. Gertz is senior editor of Drilled News. A longtime environmental reporter and editor, her work has appeared in HuffPost, Reveal, Arctic Today, The Guardian, Popular Science, Scientific American, Sierra, and more.