FERC has approved Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC’s request to commence with the hand-felling of trees along the Mountain Valley Pipeline within the authorized right-of-way through the Jefferson National Forest, and in discontinuous segments along the pipeline route between mileposts 196.4 and 221.1 in Giles and Montgomery Counties, Virginia, with the following exception:
- No trees may be cut within 300 feet of each side of the pipeline crossing of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail between mileposts 196.29 and 196.39
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.