Murray Energy concerned about gas pipeline project in W.Va.

Murray Energy, the largest privately-held U.S. coal producer, wrote a Sept. 26 letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission protesting a gas pipeline project of Equitrans LP in northern West Virginia.

Murray Energy said it conducts fill subsidence mining in Marion and Wetzel counties, W.Va., which will cause a problem with an Equitrans plan to build a pipeline and compressor station with its Ohio Valley Connector Project. Some of the pipeline and a compressor station are to be built over coal reserve areas that have yet to be subsided.

If these facilities are built, and the property is later subsided during mining, damage to those facilities and possible loss of life could occur, Murray Energy wanted. The company said it is willing to talk to Equitrans about reworking its plans so these impacts can be avoided.

Murray Energy, founded by coal operator Bob Murray, is based in Ohio and operates several longwall-equipped deep mines in the region.

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