FERC granted Mountain Valley Pipeline’s Request for Notice to Proceed No. 10 on February 21. The Notice allows construction to commence on the following:
- Discontiguous portions of the pipeline between mileposts 65.5 and 196.3;
- The Sherwood Interconnection in Doddridge County, WV
- 507 additional temporary workspaces, 2 access roads, 2 yards, and 19 anode beds, in Braxton, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Summers, and Webster Counties, in West Virginia
The Notice prohibits construction and use of the Losch/Cunningham Farmstead and the access road located approximately milepost 69.9 until after documentation of completed fieldwork required by the associated Treatment Plan is filed.
The Notice also suggests that MVP “voluntarily withold construction” of ten small segments totaling approximately 23 miles of the pipeline between mileposts 66.9 and 195.9.
The Notice to Proceed comes the day after objections were filed by the Indian Creek Watershed Association, a non-profit organization based in Union, WV.
Indian Creek Watershed Association objected to MVP’s Request for Notice to Proceed No. 10, particularly in a section of Monroe County with a large amount of karst near the steep slopes of Peters Mountain and the Appalachian Trail.
With the objection, Indian Creek Watershed Association included new information that showing that MVP’s filings “disregard the significant environmental risks to critical private and public water resources caused by constructing a 42-inch diameter pipeline from MP 191.4 to MP 196.2” — information that the organization states calls MVP’s compliance with Conditions 12, 19, and 20 of the FERC Certificate into question.