Earlier than expected, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has released a draft version of an updated environmental review needed for the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s (MVP) proposed 3.5-mile crossing of the Jefferson National Forest along the Virginia-West Virginia border.


Notice of the availability of the draft supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 23, ahead of the planned January release date previously shared by the agency.

The USFS developed the latest EIS document after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in January 2022 vacated the agency’s decision to authorize the natural gas conduit’s planned crossing of national forest lands.

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