The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has posed an array of new questions about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that will necessitate a delay in the release of a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project. The comment period for the draft EIS ended in December and a final EIS had been scheduled to be released by March 10. But, in a January 26 letter to Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, FERC submitted 28 pages of questions, stating:
“You should be aware that the information described in the enclosure is necessary for us to complete preparation of the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Mountain Valley Project (MVP). Once we have received your responses and reviewed them for completeness, we will establish a revised schedule for completing the EIS.”
The FERC questions ask for more information in some cases and in other instances for clarification on previously submitted information where discrepancies and inconsistencies exist.