Mountain Valley Pipeline Files with FERC

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Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC formally applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to build a 301-mile interstate natural gas transmission pipeline designed to provide timely, cost-effective access to the growing demand for natural gas for use by local distribution companies, industrial users, and power generation facilities in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Appalachian regions of the U.S.
  The Mountain Valley Pipeline would transport the abundant supply of Marcellus and Utica natural gas – commencing in Wetzel County, WV and traversing south through 11 counties in WV; and southeast through six counties in VA before ending in Pittsylvania County, VA. The MVP is expected to provide at least 2 Bcf per day of firm transmission capacity; and pending regulatory approval, construction is anticipated to begin in late 2016, with a full in-service targeted for the fourth quarter 2018.
  Through this certificate application filing, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is being asked to certify the public convenience and necessity of the MVP project. The FERC, together with several cooperating agencies, will conduct a detailed review and evaluation of a broad number of subjects, including public safety; water resources; karst topography; air quality; wildlife, soils, and vegetation; protected species; cultural and historic resources; sound levels; realistic alternatives; and cumulative economic benefits.
  The MVP project team considered more than 1,000 miles of alternatives and variations to the proposed route, and made numerous minor adjustments for individual property owners along the route, in order to mitigate concerns that were raised during the pre-filing process. The proposed route identified in the application encompasses these various revisions, which include the protection of streams, wetlands, and cultural resources, as well as the avoidance of or modification to several sensitive areas and karst topography regions.