... Virginia Regulator Approves Mountain Valley Pipeline Project Permit

Virginia Regulator Approves Mountain Valley Pipeline Project Permit

The Mountain Valley Pipeline has cleared a hurdle, securing a key permit in Virginia.

The Virginia State Water Control Board (SWCB) on Dec. 14 voted 3-2 to approve a permit that will allow the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to cross nearly 150 streams and wetlands in the southwestern part of the state.

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The MVP project is a 303-mile interstate natural gas pipeline system, designed to carry 2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia.

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The project owners still need to secure stream-crossing permits from West Virginia and the federal government, as well as Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permission to bore beneath certain waterways.

At its regular meeting in Richmond on Dec. 14, the SWCB approved several staff recommendations by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), including a Virginia Water Protection permit (21-0416) for the MVP project.

The board made its decision after hearing presentations by DEQ staff, considering all public comments and holding a lengthy discussion.

The MVP will be regulated by FERC and will be constructed and owned by Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, which is a joint venture of EQM Midstream Partners LP, NextEra Capital Holdings Inc., Con Edison Transmission Inc., WGL Midstream and RGC Midstream LLC. EQM Midstream Partners will operate the pipeline and own a significant interest in the joint venture.

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