FERC Gives WV to VA Mountain Valley Pipeline Provisional Thumbs Up

thumbs-up.jpgThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has given a preliminary thumbs up to the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a $3.5 billion, 301-mile pipeline that will run from Wetzel County, WV to the Transco Pipeline in Pittsylvania County, VA. The project, which filed an official application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last October, is being built by EQT, NextEra Energy and several other partners (see Mountain Valley Pipeline Files FERC Appl, Now Just Matter of Time). The project has faced stiff opposition from landowners in West Virginia (see Mountain Valley Pipeline Sues 103 WV Landowners for Survey Access). The project has also faced opposition from landowners in Virginia (see Mountain Valley Pipeline Wins Right to Survey in VA w/o Permission). Last Friday FERC issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for both the Mountain Valley Pipeline and an associated project called the Equitrans Expansion Project. FERC’s DEIS runs a mammoth 781 pages (full copy below) and says the pipeline “would result in limited adverse environmental impacts, with the exceptions of impacts on forest.” In other words, FERC is giving the project a thumbs up…

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