Crews work on the construction of the West Virginia portion of Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline. CREDIT: Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance After the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) projects were proposed almost five years ago, residents in rural western Virginia fought hard to persuade state and federal regulators to reject the companies’ requests to build the pipelines through their communities. When regulators gave the two massive construction projects green lights to proceed almost a year ago, the residents didn’t concede defeat. They grew even more determined to stop the pipeline construction in its tracks. After the MVP was approved in October 2017, “we decided that we weren’t going to sit by idly and let them run over us with their construction equipment,” Kirk Bowers, pipeline program coordinator for the Sierra Club of Virginia told ThinkProgress. Bowers is one of the leaders of Mountain Valley Watch, a group created to monitor construction of the pipeline. Residents have signed up to serve as volunteer monitors and scouts for what have essentially become citizen regulatory agencies. Mountain Valley Watch was formed earlier this year as was the Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (Pipeline CSI), which is keeping a close eye […]


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