FERC has approved Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC’s request to commence construction of discontiguous portions of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Doddridge, Harrison, Monroe, and Nicholas counties in West Virginia, and Craig, Giles, and Montgomery Counties in Virginia.
Under the terms of the order, construction may also proceed within the boundaries of the Greater Newport Rural Historic District between about mileposts 210.8 and 216.9.
According to FERC’s Paul Friedman, the company’s Management Summary indicates there will be no on-the-ground cultural resources fieldwork within the historic district as part of the Treatment Plan, and that all treatment measures, including but not limited to revegetation and preservation of buildings, would be implemented after installation of the pipeline.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline will span approximately 303 miles from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia. It will be constructed and owned by Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, which is a joint venture of EQT Midstream Partners LP; NextEra US Gas Assets LLC; Con Edison Transmission Inc.; WGL Midstream; and RGC Midstream LLC. EQT Midstream Partners will operate the pipeline and own a significant interest in the joint venture.
With a vast supply of natural gas from Marcellus and Utica shale production, once completed, the Mountain Valley Pipeline is expected to provide up to 2 MMDth/d of firm transmission capacity to markets in the Mid- and South Atlantic regions of the U.S. The MVP will extend the Equitrans transmission system in Wetzel County, West Virginia, to Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co.’s (Transco) Zone 5 compressor station 165 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.