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Mountain Valley pipeline work approved

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Reuters reports that US federal energy regulators have approved EQT Midstream Partners LP’s request to proceed with construction along various segments of its US$3.5 billion Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia.

The segments include construction in parts of Harrison County, West Virginia and Roanoke County, Virginia, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a filing yesterday.

In addition, FERC said it will allow the company to cross the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. The Blue Ridge is a national parkway linking the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee.

In May, the US Army Corp of Engineers pulled a permit that authorised the project to discharge dredged and fill materials into several rivers because the permit was at odds with West Virginia environmental rules.

Environmental group the Sierra Club and others alleged violations of the West Virginia rules in an appeal to the Army Corps and a lawsuit that is currently before the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The company has said it believes the Army Corp will reissue the permit but has not received a decision on the issue yet.

A spokeswoman for the company, Natalie Cox, said EQT was still targeting a late 2018 in-service date for the project.

The 303 mile (488 km) pipeline is designed to deliver up to 2 billion ft3/d of gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to meet growing demand for the fuel for power generation and other uses in the US Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

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