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Mountain Valley Pipeline cited for environmental violations

July 10, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Regulators in Virginia are citing the Mountain Valley Pipeline project for environmental violations they say include the improper release of sediment into waterways.

The Department of Environmental Quality announced Tuesday that it issued a notice of violation to the natural gas pipeline. Other alleged violations include failing to follow approved erosion and sediment control plans.

The notice of violation requires pipeline representatives to discuss how to fix the problems and prevent future violations. It could result in civil fines.

Pipeline spokeswoman Natalie Cox says the issues identified have either been restored or are being fixed.

West Virginia regulators have also previously cited the project for similar issues.

Tuesday’s announcement comes about a week after Mountain Valley agreed to temporarily suspend pipeline installation work in Virginia to improve erosion and sediment controls. The department has since approved work to restart in some areas.

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