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Mountain Valley Pipeline halting construction to prepare for Florence

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Published: Sep. 11, 2018 at 1:55 PM EDT
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The Mountain Valley Pipeline says it is now preparing for potential impacts from Hurricane Florence, and will suspend "the advancement of construction in Virginia" until the storm passes.

In a news release Tuesday morning, the company said it will focus on stabilizing the right-of-way, while maintaining and enhancing erosion controls.

"With the state of emergency now in effect across Virginia," the news release said, "we have diverted all resources in the Commonwealth for environmental maintenance and hurricane preparedness, including the securing of materials and equipment for potential wind impacts."

Following is the company's complete statement:

Focusing Efforts on Environmental Protection and Safety Pittsburgh, PA (September 11, 2018) – Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC released the following statement and background information related to project-wide preparation activities for Hurricane Florence, which is currently projected to impact the east coast and could affect several areas of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) route across Virginia, and possibly even West Virginia as the storm moves inland. A previous weather system with significant rainfall has already saturated grounds along several portions of the MVP route and precautionary measures have been implemented to address potential issues. “Given the current path of the storm, forecasters are expecting an unprecedented amount of rainfall across Virginia later this week and through the weekend – therefore, we are taking all possible precautions in Virginia to ensure the safety of our crews and communities, as well as to protect and maintain erosion and sediment controls along MVP’s right-of-way. In consultation with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, we have halted the advancement of construction in Virginia until the storm passes and are focused on stabilization of the right-of-way, and maintenance and enhancement of erosion controls. With the state of emergency now in effect across Virginia, we have diverted all resources in the Commonwealth for environmental maintenance and hurricane preparedness, including the securing of materials and equipment for potential wind impacts. In West Virginia, we are working to ensure that the right-of-way is stabilized, and erosion controls are maintained and enhanced in advance of the storm’s potential inland advancement. We will continue coordinating with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to monitor the storm and take additional safety precautions as needed.” MVP is also proactively enforcing additional storm preparedness activities in Virginia, which include efforts such as: • Fuel tanks, pipe, and equipment are being moved from floodplain areas • Equipment and other portable items are being removed from nearby streams and waterbodies; and temporary construction bridges are being individually evaluated and will be secured or removed, as necessary • Pipe will be secured in open trenches • Trenches where pipe has been laid will be backfilled to inhibit ponding • Installation of enhanced erosion and sediment controls at road crossings MVP is committed to the safety of its communities, to the preservation and protection of the environment, and to the continued responsible construction of this important natural gas infrastructure project. MVP continues to evaluate its construction plans and is targeting a full in-service during the fourth quarter 2019.