Mountain Valley, Virginia settle environmental lawsuit

Mountain Valley, Virginia settle environmental lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The company building the Mountain Valley Pipeline has agreed to pay over $2 million and submit to enhanced monitoring to settle a lawsuit brought by Virginia officials that alleged repeated environmental violations.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's office announced Friday that a consent decree had been reached with Mountain Valley LLC that will resolve the lawsuit filed in December.

Herring's office said in a news release that Mountain Valley will pay a $2.15 million civil penalty and will submit to court-supervised compliance with environmental protections. It will also pay for additional third-party monitoring.

State officials alleged that developers violated Virginia's environmental laws and regulations by not controlling sediment and stormwater runoff.

The settlement is subject to a 30-day public comment period before it will be submitted to the court.