ROANOKE, VA. — Federal regulators have allowed construction to resume along a portion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s route through West Virginia and southwest Virginia.
The Roanoke Times reports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) cited an analysis by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management which said the pipeline’s approved 487-kilometre route through the Jefferson National Forest is the best alternative.
Authorization comes less than a month after the FERC issued a stop-work order for the project.
The only exceptions are a 5.6-kilometre stretch of the pipeline through the national forest, for which Mountain Valley still must obtain a permit, and a segment in Braxton County, West Virginia.
Mountain Valley would run south through the centre of West Virginia and connect in southern Virginia to the more than 16,000-kilometre Transco pipeline system.