FERC in its monthly meeting Tuesday failed to pass three draft orders for Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP), a move that could augur poorly for the developer’s expectations to quickly complete construction amid the transition to Democratic leadership at the agency.


In recent months, MVP has sought the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s blessing to continue expanding construction efforts, including seeking the elimination of an exclusion zone around the Jefferson National Forest and altering its waterbody-crossing methods to allow for more work on the first 77 miles of the project.

While three separate MVP-related items appeared on the agenda for this month’s FERC meeting that could have advanced these efforts, none of them garnered a majority vote, as both Democratic...