On December 18, 2017, the Roanoke Times reported that a second court challenge had been filed against the Virginia State Water Control Board over water quality certification for Mountain Valley Pipeline. Petitioners “contend the board lacked adequate information on which to find a ‘reasonable assurance’ that the 303-mile long buried pipeline would not contaminate the waters of Western Virginia.” They point to the fact that the SWCB, when it gave approval for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, took the unusual step of delaying the effective date until several environmental impact reports are completed, but they did not do that for the MVP.
“‘It makes no sense,’ said Mara Robbins, an organizer with the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, one of the petitioners in the second court challenge. They delayed the ACP permitting until erosion and sedimentation reports are complete. Many of the issues presented were identical. Yet the permits for the ACP were delayed and the ones for the MVP were not? They need to go back to the drawing board and get this right.'”
The article says that, “Shortly after the case was filed Monday, the court of appeals issued an order that consolidates it with the earlier challenge brought by the Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Wild Virginia.”