Anti-Pipe Objections Aired in Wrong Forum in Morgan County, WV

As MDN has previously reported, Mountaineer XPress Pipeline includes 165 miles of new pipeline with approximately 2.7 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per day of transportation capacity from existing and future points of receipt along or near the Columbia pipeline system–most of it located in West Virginia (see Details on Columbia Pipeline Mountaineer XPress Pipeline Project). Just last month the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave Moutaineer XPress and its companion project, Gulf XPress, a favorable final environmental impact statement (see FERC Issues Favorable Final EIS for Mountaineer/Gulf XPress Pipes). The only thing left now is for FERC to issue a certificate for construction to begin–which won’t happen until Sen. Chuck Schumer and obstructionist Democrats allow a Senate vote on new commissioners, to restore a voting quorum at FERC. Don’t hold your breath. At any rate, a few local residents in Morgan County, WV appeared before the Morgan County Commission last night to complain about the project. The residents were there at the prompting of several Big Green groups, who organized the effort. Problem is, Morgan County can’t do a thing about the pipeline project. It was the wrong forum to complain in, but that didn’t stop them…

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