A Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) panel late last week voted to deny an air permit for a compressor station needed to extend the Equitrans Midstream Partners LP-led Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) into North Carolina.


Going against DEQ’s recommendation, the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board voted 6-1 to deny a draft minor new source review permit for the proposed Lambert Compressor Station (LCS), a key link to extend MVP — via the separate MVP Southgate project — 75 miles from Pittsylvania County, VA, into the North Carolina counties of Rockingham and Alamance.

“We are disappointed that the majority of the board voted Friday to deny an air permit for the proposed MVP Southgate Lambert Compressor Station despite the overwhelming evidence that our...