MVP Requests Variances F-1, G-2, and Bradshaw-3 in Raleigh, Giles, Wetzel Counties

Mountain Valley Pipeline requested two variances March 27.

The first, labeled as F-1, seeks approval of an additional laydown yard in Raleigh County, WV. Aside from this request, Raleigh County is not impacted directly by any portion of the pipeline. Based on the alignment sheets attached to the request, the proposed laydown yard is located next to Interstate 64 and would cover 21.09 acres.

According to the request, a contractor working for MVP already owns the land in question.

To prepare the site for MVP use, the land would need to be graded to form a flat surface, and a few trees in one corner of the property would need to be cleared.

MVP included the following attachments with Variance Request F-1:

  1. Alignment Sheet of the site in question
  2. Cultural Resources Report
  3. Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species Report
  4. Stream and Wetland Delineation Report

The second variance requested by MVP March 27, labeled as G-2, seeks approval of a laydown yard in Giles County, VA along US Highway 460. The proposed laydown yard would cover 14.84 acres.

MVP states they will put a construction safety fence along the boundaries of the laydown yard in the vicinity of the existing businesses, as well as maintain a speed limit of 10 mph to “ensure the safety of the public in this area.” MVP also noted the entire site would need to be graded for use and the surface would be rocked.

MVP included the following attachments with Variance Request G-2:

  1. Alignment Sheets of the site in question
  2. Resource Map
  3. Cultural Resource Concurrence
  4. Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species Report
  5. Stream and Wetland Delineation Report
  6. Landowner Exhibit (labeled as Privileged)

>  MVP Variance Requests F-1 and G-2: Laydown Yards in Raleigh Co, WV and Giles Co, VA

On March 29, MVP filed a clarification to Variance Request F-1, indicating they were mistaken in stating that additional trees would need to be felled as a result of the variance.

MVP Variance Request F-1 (Clarification)

MVP filed an additional variance request March 29, seeking permission for additional temporary workspaces in proximity to the Bradshaw Compressor Station site in Wetzel County, WV.

MVP cited the following reason as the need for the variance:

A natural slip of the hillside was occuring adjacent to the Bradshaw Compressor Station access road. Construction crews need to access two additional work spaces at the location of the slip (approx. 200′ x 135′ and 230′ x 315′), to repair and stabilize the hillside.

MVP included the following attachments with Variance Request Bradshaw-3:

  1. Resource Map
  2. Cultural Resource Concurrence
  3. Stream and Wetland Delineation Report

MVP Variance Request Bradshaw-3: Slip Repair

FERC approved the variance request March 30.

FERC Letter Granting Variance Request Bradshaw-3

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