Richmond, VA -- Yesterday, developers of the foolish Mountain Valley Pipeline announced another massive increase in the projected cost of the project - this time a half a billion dollars. At this point, construction of the fracked gas pipeline, which endangers Virginia communities and environment, is two years behind schedule and nearly two billion dollars over budget.
The announcement comes after a slew of other setbacks, including a recent order from FERC demanding developers cease all work immediately over concerns for the pipeline’s effect on endangered species and their habitats. Other legal issues having to do with the pipeline’s deleterious consequences for water and land have also stalled the project.
In response, Food & Water Action Southern Region Director Jorge Aguilar issued the following statement:
“If the disastrous impacts to Virginia’s ecosystems and communities are not enough to convince developers that the idiotic Mountain Valley Pipeline is a bad idea, the mounting costs should. We know we have only about ten more years to completely cut our fossil fuel dependence and equitably transition to clean, renewable energy, and Virginia’s communities and ecosystems cannot risk a dirty, dangerous project like this one. The real nail in the coffin will come when Governor Northam does his duty by issuing an executive order instructing agencies to pull MVP's state permits and end construction. He must act now.”
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