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Erosion Problems Temporarily Halt Pipeline Construction

Mon July 09, 2018 - Northeast Edition #14
Associated Press


Construction on the $3.5 billion, 300-mi. Mountain Valley Pipeline has been halted to address some soil erosion problems.
(wsls.com photo)
Construction on the $3.5 billion, 300-mi. Mountain Valley Pipeline has been halted to address some soil erosion problems. (wsls.com photo)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia has been halted to address some soil erosion problems.

Officials said on June 29 that the suspension is expected to be temporary for the natural gas pipeline's installation. Construction will resume with approval from Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality.

DEQ officials said in a statement that the pipeline will direct crews to enhance and restore erosion and sediment controls along the route.

Pipeline officials said in a statement that recent heavy rainfall affected crews' abilities to control erosion. Pipeline officials said they take their “environmental stewardship responsibilities very seriously.”

The approximately $3.5 billion, 300-mi. pipeline will run through West Virginia and Virginia. It's scheduled to be in service by the end of the year. A number of legal challenges against it are pending.