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The Mountain Valley Pipeline's impact on the environment & communities

Photo by Sierra Shamer/FracTracker (retrieved from appvoices.org)
Photo by Sierra Shamer/FracTracker (retrieved from appvoices.org)

On this edition of Your Call's One Planet Series, we discuss the backlash against the $6.6 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project, which was included in the debt ceiling agreement.

The MVP will pipe fracked gas from West Virginia to southern Virginia. The agreement will limit the scope of environmental reviews for future developments. Environmental groups say the pipeline could contribute nearly 90 million metric tons in greenhouse gas emissions annually.

How did this pipeline end up in the debt ceiling agreement and how are activists and community members responding?


Jean Su, energy director of the Climate Law Institute at the Center for Biological Diversity

Crystal Cavalier-Keck, co-founder of Seven Directions of Service, chair of the Environmental Justice Committee for the NAACP, and board member of the Haw River Assembly

BJ McManama, campaign organizer for Save our Roots, an Indigenous Environmental Network campaign

Web Resources:

The Washington Post: How a fossil fuel pipeline helped grease the debt ceiling deal

The New Republic: A Company Behind the Mountain Valley Pipeline Is Showering Schumer With More Donations Than ManchinThe New Republic

Inside Climate News: Environmentalists in Virginia and West Virginia Regroup to Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline, Eyeing a White House Protest

Virginia Mercury: Mountain Valley Pipeline approvals OKed as part of debt ceiling deal

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.