The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has finalized a supplemental environmental review of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a key step in resolving a permitting setback that has prevented construction on a small portion of the project routed through the Jefferson National Forest.


Late last week, the USFS released a final supplemental environmental impact statement for the 303-mile, 42-inch diameter natural gas conduit. The move clears the way for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to issue a right-of-way (ROW) for the pipeline’s proposed 3.5-mile crossing through the Jefferson National Forest near the Virginia/West Virginia border.

The document was prepared in response to a 2018 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which vacated and remanded an earlier USFS...