The three-person Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted approvals for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast natural gas pipelines last Friday, in a 2-1 decision with commissioner Cheryl LaFleur dissenting.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline (top) will run 303 miles from Bradshaw, WV to connect with the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company’s (Transco) Zone 5 compressor station 165 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, at a cost of $3.5 billion. MVP will be constructed and owned by Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, which is a joint venture of EQT Midstream Partners. The project is expected to create 4,400 construction jobs and support jobs in the region. The target date to begin service is late 2018.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (right), estimated to cost $5 billion, will stretch 600 miles from north-central West Virginia, through Virginia, and through eastern North Carolina. Developers Dominion Energy and Duke Energy say the pipeline's construction will create 7,200 new jobs in 2018 and 5,600 jobs in 2019. and add $2.7 billion to the region's economy. The pipeline is expected to be in service late 2019.