Pipeline construction underway in county

The Mountain Valley Pipeline has begun its construction in Climax off of Climax Road.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a Mountain Valley Pipeline public comment session Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex. 

Shawn Day, spokesperson for MVP Southgate, said a draft environmental impact study was issued for the MVP project on July 26. 

“It reflects the evaluation of data from civil, environmental and cultural surveys conducted along 90 percent of the proposed route, as well as feedback from landowners, state and federal agencies, local officials, tribes and non-governmental organizations,” Day said.

The MVP Southgate team has worked with stakeholders to develop a route that minimizes potential impacts while providing the region with the additional supply of natural gas needed to meet public demand. Since the project was announced in April 2018, the MVP Southgate team has made more than 1,000 adjustments to its route. The majority of these changes were based on landowner requests, an effort to avoid sensitive resources or engineering considerations.  

The MVP Southgate team will continue to work with landowners and others to refine the proposed route as necessary and will respond to the FERC with the information requested in the DEIS. The MVP Southgate team also will evaluate and respond to public comments on the DEIS submitted to FERC. The DEIS public comment period will run through Sept. 16, 2019. 

The 421-page report is available at: http://bit.ly/MVPreport.

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