Builders of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are under criminal investigation by the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia, which the company revealed this week.
MVP Joint Venture, which builds the natural gas pipeline, received a letter from the US law firm last year, the company said in its annual report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. On January 7 letter, the MVP Joint Venture was under "potential criminal and / or civil violation of the Clean Water Act" by the Attorney's Office and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The letter also requested that the company and all involved construction groups retain documents dating back to September 1
EPA did not respond to a request for comment Friday.
A spokesman for the US law firm for Western Virginia said he could not "confirm or deny the existence of an ongoing investigation and have no other comments."
Natalie Cox, a spokeswoman for the project, confirmed criminal investigation and summons.
"MVP follows the claim; however, we cannot predict whether any action will ultimately be brought by the US law firm or what the outcome of an action would be," she said in an email.
The project is expected to reach 300 kilometers from Wetzel County, West Virginia, to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and cost $ 4.6 billion, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
As the construction continues, the project is challenging court challenges and quotes from Western regulators. Virginia and Virginia Since last year, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the State Water Management company sued the Banking Supervisory Authority for alleged environmental and permit breaches, according to the SEC filing, the MVP Joint Venture has begun negotiations. 26 times, according to DEP records, the alleged violations occurred along the pipeline route and were mostly out occurred because the MVP failed to control the site and allowed sedimented water to leave the site. Images that accompany the breakage warnings show sluggish water and sediment deposits.
DEP, under Secretary Austin Caperton, waived the state authority under the Federal Interest Water Act to confirm – or refuse to confirm or add to the terms – that the project should comply with the state's water quality standard. At that time, Caperton said he was sure MVP would not affect the environment.
"We feel very comfortable that this pipeline can be installed in an environmentally friendly way and that the environmental impact will eventually be zero," he said in an interview at WV MetroNews.
A DEP spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.