Mountain Valley Pipeline Final Enviro Impact Statement Due Today

The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is a $3.5 billion, 303-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 in October 2015, is being built by EQT, NextEra Energy and several other partners. The project has faced stiff opposition from landowners in both West Virginia and Virginia. Although the project is not yet fully approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the project did get a favorable Draft Environmental Impact Statement from FERC last September (see FERC Gives WV to VA Mountain Valley Pipeline Provisional Thumbs Up). MVP had wanted a final Environmental Impact Statement by March 10th, but that didn’t happen. Instead, FERC delayed a final EIS until today, June 23rd. What happens after MVP gets a (presumably) favorable final EIS? Right now FERC doesn’t have a quorum of commissioners who can vote to allow construction to begin. However, the hope around Washington, DC is that the Senate will take a final vote on two new commissioners before the July 4th holiday. If that happens, FERC may well vote to allow MVP to begin at any time following a quorum…

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