Actions clear restart of additional construction for Mountain Valley Pipeline
Published by Lydia Woellwarth,
Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC released the following statement in response to individual orders issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on 29 August 2018, for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project. The FERC’s modified stop work order allows full construction activities to restart along the route, with exception of areas located within proximity of the Weston Gauley Bridge Turnpike Trail and the Jefferson National Forest. The order by the Fourth Circuit Court lifted the stay of the West Virginia 404 permit issued by the Huntington District of the US Army Corps of Engineers, which pertained to stream and wetland crossings. The Court also denied a request to stay MVP’s permit related to stream and waterbody crossings in Virginia.
“We appreciate the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) prompt review and additional, in-depth analysis of MVP alternatives with respect to federal lands and agree with their conclusion regarding the practicality of the project's currently permitted route. This conclusion resolves the basis of the stop work order issued on 3 August 2018, and also confirms that MVP's existing route minimises impacts to sensitive species and environmental, cultural, and historic resources in the Forest.
In addition, we are pleased with the Court’s decision to reinstate the West Virginia 404 permit, which supports the ‘dry-ditch’ method of crossing waterbodies as originally approved by both the FERC and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
With these orders issued by the FERC and the Fourth Circuit Court, MVP is now able to return approximately 1000 workers who have been suspended from their duties on the project. As we continue with safe and responsible construction activities along the vast majority of the route, we will co-ordinate with the agencies to address the Court's concerns with the Federal Land Permits. We appreciate the collaborative and concerted efforts by all state and federal agencies and look forward to the in-service of this important infrastructure project.”
MVP continues to evaluate its construction plans and reiterates a full in-service target during 4Q19.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldpipelines.com/project-news/30082018/actions-clear-restart-of-additional-construction-for-mountain-valley-pipeline/
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