FERC Issues Timeline to Decide on Mountain Valley Pipe Expansion

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Equitrans’ 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) from West Virginia to southern Virginia is now 70% done (see Shocker: Mountain Valley Pipeline Now 70% Built, Online by 4Q19). Last November MVP filed a new project plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand MVP *another* 70 miles south, into North Carolina (see EQT Makes it Official, Files with FERC to Extend MVP into NC).
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CERAWeek: We Need New England Pipes & Yes, ACP/MVP Will Get Built

CERAWeek (by IHS Markit) is held each year in Houston, Texas. There is no doubt it is the world’s premier energy event. Last week U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed attendees, as did Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Neil Chatterjee. Movers and shakers. Everyone from Saudi Arabian oil sheikhs to wildcatting frackers from America’s shale plays were there.
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Equitrans Buys 2 Pipeline Systems in Marcellus/Utica for $1B

Equitrans Midstream, which used to be called EQT Midstream, yesterday announced they have cut their first big deal since separating from EQT last year. Equitrans is buying a 60% stake in Eureka Midstream, a 190-mile pipeline system in Ohio and West Virginia serving both the Marcellus and Utica, and a 100% stake in the tiny 15-mile Hornet Midstream, a gathering system in WV that connects to Eureka.
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PA DEP Clips Rice Midstream $1.5M for Pipe Problems in SWPA

Even though Rice Midstream doesn’t exist anymore, it can still be fined. Rice Midstream became part of EQT when EQT bought out and merged in Rice Energy in 2017. Last year EQT, under pressure from investors, split itself in two–into EQT (the driller) and Equitrans (nee EQT Midstream, the pipeline company). What was Rice Midstream is now part of Equitrans. Yesterday the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) levied a $1.5 million fine on Rice for work done in late 2017/early-to-mid 2018.
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Va. Water Control Board Shocks Antis re Vote on MVP Water Permit

Gloom, despair and agony on me. That’s how we would describe the reaction of fossil fuel haters who thought they had successfully bullied Virginia’s Water Control Board members into revoking a permit earlier granted to the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project. But last week the Board voted to NOT revoke the previously issued permit. That sent the antis into despair…and into a rage.
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Still a Few “Tree Sitters” Left Blocking Section of MVP in Va.

We thought the tree sitting weirdos trying to block construction of Equitrans’ Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in Virginia had long returned to earth. The last of the sitters, at least in Franklin County, VA, came down last May (see Last MVP Tree Sitter in Franklin Co. Comes Down, Trees Cut). What we didn’t know is that there are at least two other sitters in Montgomery County, VA–one of whom has been up a tree for more than five months.
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PA DEP Threatens to Close Equitrans Gas Storage Field in SWPA

Natural gas storage fields are an important, but often overlooked, part of the natgas ecosystem. Equitrans (nee EQT Midstream) owns a natgas storage field in Greene County, PA, in the southwest corner of the state. The state Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) is threatening to shut down that storage field, because of coal mining in the area.
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Fed Court Rejects Anti Attempt to Emasculate FERC, Block MVP

Finally some good news in our war against the forces of evil (i.e. Big Green). The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has rejected a lawsuit by Big Green groups that would have blocked Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and, as a bonus, would have emasculated the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision-making ability for all pipeline projects.
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Equitrans Branching Out into Water Pipelines

Last week Equitrans Midstream (formerly EQT Midstream) released their fourth quarter and full year 2018 update (see Mountain Valley Pipeline Will be Done and Online in 2019). Something that the Pittsburgh Business Times picked up on is that there was a lot of talk about water–as in expanding the company’s water offerings by building new water pipelines.
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Eco-Terrorism: Fire Set at MVP Site in Virginia, $500K Damage

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More eco-terrorism to report, unfortunately. Someone (not yet arrested, but they’ll be hunted from now until eternity) set fire to construction equipment being used to build the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). The construction site is located in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
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Antis Try to Convince Fed Court to Block Mountain Valley Pipeline

Equitrans’ (EQT Midstream) 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is now 70% built (see Shocker: Mountain Valley Pipeline Now 70% Built, Online by 4Q19). Even so, radicalized environmental groups are still trying to overturn and block it from beginning service via numerous lawsuits. One lawsuit in particular seeks to emasculate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the process.
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Franklin County, Va. Approves MVP Gate Station Permit

Despite setbacks from Big Green groups launching a blizzard of lawsuits and regulatory challenges, Equitrans’ (EQT Midstream) 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is now 70% built (see Shocker: Mountain Valley Pipeline Now 70% Built, Online by 4Q19). The project continues to see positive momentum, the latest example coming from Franklin County, Va.
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