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Board to discuss revocation of Mountain Valley Pipeline permit at March 1 meeting

Board to discuss revocation of Mountain Valley Pipeline permit at March 1 meeting

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A state board will meet March 1 to discuss a permit revocation process that could shape the future of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

The special meeting of the State Water Control Board was recently scheduled after it voted 4-3 in December to hold a hearing on whether to rescind its earlier water quality certification for the natural gas pipeline, based on environmental damage that has come to light since construction began.

Details on when the hearing will take place, and the format it will take, will be addressed at the meeting.

“We fully understand the level of intense public interest in the hearing that was discussed in December,” board chair Heather Wood said in a statement released Thursday by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

“This is a unique situation and we need to ensure the proper legal process is followed,” Wood said.

DEQ officials have declined to say what impact a revocation might have on the project, which began construction a year ago after it received a key approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1021 Koger Center Blvd., Richmond.

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Laurence Hammack covers environmental issues, including the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and business and enterprise stories. He has been a reporter for The Roanoke Times for more than three decades.

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