Even Dominion Says MVP Contractor Is Incompetent

Writing in Blue Virginia on May 28, 2018, Jon Sokolow reports that yes, Even Dominion Energy Says Mountain Valley Pipeline Contractor Is Incompetent. Mounting evidence that that MVP and its contractor, Precision Pipeline, LLC were wreaking havoc on Virginia’s water and land resources led the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to order a temporary stop at a construction site in Franklin County.

Sokolow writes, “It turns out that Dominion’s wholly owned subsidiary, Dominion Transmission, Inc. (“DTI”) has been fighting Precision Pipeline in federal court for almost three years in a battle royale over a pipeline that Precision built for Dominion several years ago in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. That fracked gas pipeline, which was part of Dominion’s larger Appalachian Gateway Project, was a relatively small 30 inches in diameter and ‘only’ 55-miles long. The case is pending in federal court in Richmond and is expected to go to trial in October.

“Precision completed and was paid for the project – and then sued Dominion for $86 million in additional charges that it claims it is owed. Dominion denies it owes anything more and points, in part, to a series of expert reports that it says document Precision’s incompetence in building the pipeline.”

One report, prepared for Dominion by Civil & Environmental Consultants, published for the first time in Blue Virginia, includes a long and meticulously documented list of Precision Pipeline’s incompetencies that caused landslides:

  • At least thirteen landslides occurred during construction of the pipeline built by Precision for the Appalachian Gateway Project.
  • Fill composed of unsuitable materials and improperly compacted contributes to landslides
  • “Landslides occurred due to failure to install subsurface drains in high-risk or seepage areas, failure to provide adequate surface water controls, failure to remove wood chips and other organic debris from fill slope areas, failure to properly construct ESC features, and failure to adequately compact fill.”

Sokolow points out that the words in the report are “not the words of activists, or tree sitters, or affected landowners. These are the words of an engineering firm hired by Dominion!”

And he notes that the report deals only with landslides, not with sedimentation problems, nor with damage to drinking water, property values, tourism, and the local economy.

He concludes, “So Governor Northam – and I cannot believe I am writing these words – maybe on this one you should listen to Dominion!  Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline before Virginia’s future – and your legacy – are drowned in a muddy landslide.”