Sierra Club Says U.S. FERC Approves Application for Extension of Mountain Valley natgas Project


Lengths of pipe wait to be laid in the ground along the Mountain Valley Pipeline under construction near Elliston, Virginia, U.S. September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

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Aug 24 (Reuters) – U.S. environmental group Sierra Club said on Wednesday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had approved Mountain Valley Pipeline’s (MVP) request for an additional four years to build the natural gas line from West Virginia to Virginia.

“This comes after an overwhelming majority of commentators called on the Commission to deny the application to expand the 303-mile pipeline planned to carry fractured gas through 11 counties in West Virginia before crossing into Virginia,” it said. the Sierra Club in a statement.

The joint venture building the 303-mile (488 km), 2 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) pipeline had asked federal regulators in June for four more years, through October 2026, to complete the long-delayed project. Read more

Mountain Valley – owned by units of Equitrans (ETRN.N), NextEra Energy Inc (NEE.N), Consolidated Edison Inc (ED.N), AltaGas Ltd and RGC Resources (RGCO.O) – is one of Many U.S. pipeline projects have been delayed by regulatory and legal battles with environmental and local groups that have found issues with federal permits issued under President Donald Trump’s administration.

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Reporting by Rahul Paswan in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler

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