FERC to write environmental statement on Mountain Valley gas pipeline project

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the proposed construction and operation of natural gas facilities in West Virginia and Virginia by Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, which is a joint venture between affiliates of EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy Inc.

An April 17 notice announces the opening of the scoping process the commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the project. The scoping comment deadline is June 16.

The so-called “MVP Project” would involve the construction and operation of about 294 miles of 42-inch-diameter buried steel pipeline in Wetzel, Harrison, Doddridge, Lewis, Braxton, Webster, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Fayette, Summers, and Monroe counties, West Virginia and Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, Franklin, and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia.

The pipeline would originate at Equitrans LP’s existing transmission system in Wetzel County, West Virginia, and terminate at the existing Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. LLC’s existing Zone 5 Compressor Station 165 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Additional facilities would include: four new compressor stations in Wetzel, Braxton, and Fayette counties, West Virginia, and Montgomery County, Virginia; four new meter stations; 49 main line valves; and six pig launchers and/or receivers.

The MVP Project would provide about 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States.

The U.S. Forest Service is participating as a cooperating agency because the MVP Project would cross the Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia and Virginia.

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