WV Landowners Say They’re Bullied by Mountain Valley Pipeline

Last June EQT and NextEra US Gas Assets formed a joint venture to build a 330-mile pipeline from Wetzel County, WV to the Transco Pipeline in Pittsylvania County, VA to deliver abundant, cheap Marcellus and Utica Shale gas to markets throughout the southeast (see EQT Announces New Marcellus/Utica Pipeline to Southeastern US). The new pipeline was dubbed the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project. Since that time, MVP has filed paperwork with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which has jurisdiction on whether or not to build it because the pipeline crosses state lines (see EQT’s WV to VA Pipeline Open Season a Success, FERC Filing in Oct). In February, rumors began to bubble that the pipeline is changing its route (see WV to VA Mountain Valley Pipeline Changing Routes?). There has been some resistance, as there always is, on the part of some landowners who refuse to let surveyors on their property. So MVP sent letters to landowners threatening to sue them if they don’t allow the surveyors access. How can they sue? Using the power of eminent domain–but FERC hasn’t yet approved the project which would trigger the right to use eminent domain…

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