Recent efforts in the West Virginia General Assembly to promote off-highway vehicles (ORVs) on public lands is a growing concern among conservation groups in West Virginia. In the 2021 session of the West Virginia General Assembly there were 8 bills and 2 resolutions introduced to promote the use of off-road vehicles on West Virginnia’s public lands.
The long-standing practice of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) justifying the need for a new pipeline by over relying on a pipeline’s plans to sell gas to an associated company (e.g., precedent agreements) to establish market need was called into serious question by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in a decision released June 22.
- – The Regulatory Review – 6/22/21
- – E&E Greenwire, 5-6-21
Virginia Tech University and the Niskanen Center, a Washington, DC-based think tank that has been involved in pipeline issues, are partnering on a survey to gather information about pipeline-affected residents’ experiences with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The results of the survey will be used in a report submitted to FERC as part of the agency’s consideration of public input on its new Office of Public Participation.
- – Virginia Mercury – 4/29/21
- – S&P Global – 4/29/21
Comments are due to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by March 22 on the February 19 request by Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC to amend its certificate from the agency to change the crossing method for certain wetlands and water bodies.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued on March 16 a notice of scoping and request for public comments regarding environmental issues associated with the pending application (referenced in the above article) to change the method of stream crossings for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.