Heavy rain causes mud runoff into creeks from Mountain Valley Pipeline construction

Monroe County

12 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 UPDATE:  The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection stated that they are working with the Indian Creek Watershed Association and citizens across the Mountain State regarding issues with the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  

According to their communications director, they will investigate concerns on any pipeline or construction project that may have an impact on the environment.  Citizens can review active investigations, the DEPs responses  and more information online at the WVDEPs website.

When submitting a concern, the DEP asks people send in pictures and a location.  They ask that people be as accurate as possible on the location.  Exact GPS coordinates are the best, if they are available.

ORIGINAL STORY: Imagine having to either take a shower in brown water or no shower at all. This is what some people in Monroe County are dealing with after a week filled with rain. 

Thanks to the heavy rain and the Mountain Valley Pipeline construction, people in Monroe County are having to deal with muddy water in their creeks. 

Howdy Henritz is the President of Indian Creek Watershed Association. He said this is bad for the environment and creatures that live in the creeks. 

“The micro-invertebrates it will fill in the little crevasses between the rocks where they get their food. Wipe them out than the larger animals and fish get wiped out. It’s just a chain event. And this shouldn’t be going on,” Henritz said. 

The fences up should go all the across to block the mud from getting in the creeks below. 

“It’s a lot of rain and mud it’s a lot of run off from everywhere. Right now but this should not be going into a Creek. This is uncalled for you know we have told the DEP time and time again. We’ve met with them in their offices,” Henritz said. 

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