The Biden administration has publicly endorsed, at least tepidly, the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a development that could augur well for the beleaguered natural gas conduit’s hopes of finally completing a drawn-out construction process.


In a letter to FERC sent last Friday, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm expressed support for the 303-mile, 2 million Dth/d Appalachia-to-Southeast natural gas pipeline, citing the potential for the project to positively impact the nation’s energy security.

Granholm called on the Federal Energy Regulator Commission to move “expeditiously” on any further actions it can take to complete the permitting process for the project. MVP has been dogged by regulatory and legal setbacks since first receiving a federal certificate in...