February 16, 2018 – FERC has granted Mountain Valley Pipeline’s February 7, 2018 request (Request for Notice to Proceed No. 9), to “commence construction of discontiguous portions of its pipeline between mileposts (MP) 217.1 and 283.9, and at 185 additional temporary workspaces, 62 access roads, 2 yards, 4 anode beds, and 2 points of intersection, in Craig, Franklin, Montgomery, and Roanoke Counties, Virginia.”
FERC, while ignoring county objections and multiple requests from elected officials for re-hearing, imposed the following conditions within NTP 9:
“You may not construct within the Jefferson National Forest between about MPs 196.2 and 197.8, 218.5 and 219.4, and 219.8 and 220.8 until after permission is granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior (USDOI) Bureau of Land Management and documented in a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
You may not construct within the boundaries of the Blue Ridge Parkway Historic District between about MPs 246.1 and 246.6 until after permission is granted by the USDOI National Park Service and documented in a filing with the FERC.
You may not construct within the boundaries of North Fork Valley Rural Historic District between about MPs 226.3 and 228.3, and the Bent Mountain Rural Historic District between about MPs 242.0 and 246.6, until after the Virginia Department of Historic Resources comments on the Treatment Plans filed February 2 and 14, 2018, and Mountain Valley documents the completion of fieldwork via the filing of a Management Summary, as stipulated in the PA.
In addition, Mountain Valley will voluntarily withhold construction through skips along the pipeline route between about MPs 219.7 and 219.8, 223.9 and 226.1, 228.3 and 228.7, 234.1 and 234.2, 235.1 and 235.4, 238.1 and 242.0, 248.4 and 249.8, 253.7 and 253.9, 254.7 and 254.9, 257.9 and 258.0, and 258.1 and 258.4, listed on Attachment A.”
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