In October, 2018, and November, 2018, The Highlands Voicereported that the Circuit Court of Summers County had temporarily prohibited the crossing of the Greenbrier River by the Mountain Valley Pipeline. This was at the request of theGreenbrier River Watershed Association, Indian Creek Watershed Association, Ashby Berkley, and Ty and Susan Bouldin.
These plaintiffs claimed that the crossing would be in violation of West Virginia’s Natural Streams Preservation Act. The Natural Streams Preservation Act allows the Legislature to designate certain “protected streams” which “shall be administered for the use and enjoyment of the citizens of West Virginia in such manner as will leave them unimpaired for future use and enjoyment as free-flowing streams, and so as to provide for the protection and the preservation of these streams in their natural character.” One of the streams designated by the Legislature is the Greenbrier River.
In October, 2018, heard evidence in the matter and took the matter under consideration. While he thought about it, the temporary prohibition was still in effect.
He is apparently still thinking about it; there has been no decision.