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MVP Still Targeting Summer 2022 Start-Up Despite Latest Lawsuit

MVP Still Targeting Summer 2022 Start-Up Despite Latest Lawsuit

The 2 Bcf/d Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project has received a key water quality certification (WQC) from West Virginia, but environmental groups have filed yet another lawsuit against the approval.  The pipeline would move Appalachian natural gas to the southeast via a 303-mile route through West Virginia and Virginia.  The Sierra Club and other environmental…

January 6, 2022
Environmental Groups Again Challenging MVP Water Quality Approvals

Environmental Groups Again Challenging MVP Water Quality Approvals

The 2 Bcf/d Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project received a key water quality certification (WQC) from West Virginia late last week, but environmental groups have filed yet another lawsuit against the approval.  The pipeline would move Appalachian natural gas to the southeast via a 303-mile route through West Virginia and Virginia.  The Sierra Club and…

January 5, 2022
MVP Southgate Developers Eye ‘Next Steps’ After Virginia DEQ Panel Denies Permit

MVP Southgate Developers Eye ‘Next Steps’ After Virginia DEQ Panel Denies Permit

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…

December 6, 2021
Biden Administration Gives States, Tribes More Time to Review Some Pipeline Projects

Biden Administration Gives States, Tribes More Time to Review Some Pipeline Projects

The Biden administration is moving to give states and tribal authorities more leeway in approving or denying permits for projects that include oil and natural gas pipelines that cross waterways. Under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), states and authorized tribes have allowed to grant, deny or waive certification for proposed federal…

August 24, 2021
MVP’s Plans for New Water-Crossing Method Clear Hurdle at FERC

MVP’s Plans for New Water-Crossing Method Clear Hurdle at FERC

FERC has issued an environmental assessment (EA) for the long-delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), signing off on the project’s plans to use a different water crossing method at some locations along its route. MVP filed in February to amend its certificate approval as part of a broader plan to work around a prolonged legal process…

August 13, 2021
MVP to Purchase Carbon Offsets, Potentially Pleasing Climate-Conscious FERC

MVP to Purchase Carbon Offsets, Potentially Pleasing Climate-Conscious FERC

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP), the proposed Appalachia-to-Southeast natural gas conduit seeking FERC approval to resume construction following legal and regulatory setbacks, plans to purchase carbon offsets for its first 10 years of operational emissions. Management for the embattled pipeline project, a joint venture (JV) led by Equitrans Midstream Corp., said the move would make…

July 13, 2021
Equitrans Now Delaying MVP Startup to 2022; NC Regulators Reiterate Southgate Denial

Equitrans Now Delaying MVP Startup to 2022; NC Regulators Reiterate Southgate Denial

The Mountain Valley Pipeline’s (MVP) planned in-service date has slipped to 2022, and the total cost for the prolonged construction of the project has swelled to around $6.2 billion, management for sponsor Equitrans Midstream Corp. (ETRN) said Tuesday. Discussing the midstreamer’s 1Q2021 financial results in a conference call with analysts, COO Diana Charletta said the…

May 5, 2021
FERC Upholds MVP Construction Authorization in 3-2 Vote

FERC Upholds MVP Construction Authorization in 3-2 Vote

A split FERC on Wednesday upheld a recent decision to allow Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP) to partially resume construction near national forest lands, denying a stay request filed by a coalition of environmental groups. Divided three to two along party lines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rebuffed efforts to overturn a December order allowing…

March 25, 2021
North Carolina Regulators Fail to Adequately Explain MVP Southgate Denial, Court Rules

North Carolina Regulators Fail to Adequately Explain MVP Southgate Denial, Court Rules

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) did not adequately explain its decision to deny a water quality certificate for Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC’s (MVP) Southgate expansion project, a federal appeals court has ruled. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a ruling handed down late last week granted a petition filed…

March 15, 2021
MVP Pursuing New Strategy, Permits to Finish Building Natural Gas Pipeline

MVP Pursuing New Strategy, Permits to Finish Building Natural Gas Pipeline

Seeking to wrap up construction on a project long ensnared in a tangle of legal and regulatory complications, Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP) will pursue a new strategy to obtain the waterbody and wetlands crossing approvals that represent the natural gas conduit’s final permitting hurdle. Instead of waiting out the legal process on its stayed…

January 27, 2021
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