Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP, LLC) has requested the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to authorize construction activities on the MVP to resume. Construction on the pipeline was ceased in August 2018 and again in October 2019 as the result of various legal challenges. In its September 22 filing with FERC, MVP, LLC cited the following justifications for its request to resume construction:
- MVP has received all federal permits and authorizations for the activities it seeks to resume. The recent issuance of a new Biological Opinion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is cited.
- Completion of construction is best for the environment. The company says that the project “is 92% complete, with 256 miles of pipe in the ground and 155 miles of final restoration.”
- Completion of construction is best for affected landowners. The company references communications that were filed with FERC by several landowners in VA and WV urging that the pipeline be completed.
MVP, LLC notes in its filing that work cannot resume in the Jefferson National Forest until it receives authorization to do so from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management. The USFS issued a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on September 25 (see separate article, above).