State, U.S. agen­cies crit­i­cize pipeline im­pact as­sess­ment

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

State and fed­eral agen­cies are calling for a more com­plete as­sess­ment of the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of a pro­posed nat­u­ral gas pipeline that would run through Vir­ginia.

The Roanoke Times re­ported Fri­day that Vir­ginia’s Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity weighed in on the draft en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment for the pro­posed Moun­tain Val­ley Pipeline, which would trans­port nat­u­ral gas from West Vir­ginia to an­other pipeline in Pitt­syl­va­nia County.

The DEQ said the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment “lacks a thor­ough and ac­cu­rate en­vi­ron­men­tal anal­y­sis” of re­cent changes to the pipeline plan.

The U.S. Depart­ment of the In­te­rior said the state­ment didn’t have enough in­for­ma­tion to an­a­lyze im­pacts on re­sources like the Ap­palachian Trail.

The Bureau of Land Man­age­ment called for ei­ther a re­vised or sup­ple­men­tal state­ment.

A FERC spokes­woman says a fi­nal state­ment will ad­dress con­cerns raised dur­ing the com­ment pe­riod, which ended Thurs­day.

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