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Mountain Valley Pipeline is approved to begin running gas

A mountain ridge with a winding dirt path, where trees and other plants have been cleared. Pipes for the pipeline can be seen on the edge of the path, to be buried.
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Poor Mountain in Montgomery County, Va. along the Mountain Valley Pipeline route.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved authorization to the Mountain Valley Pipeline to begin running gas through its 303 mile pipeline.

FERC also released a summary of a phone call between their agency and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration. During the call, PHMSA gave their approval that the MVP has completed its requirements.

MVP submitted a request to go in-service Monday. As MVP reached the finish line, residents, advocacy groups, and lawmakers have urged FERC to use caution and not rush approval for MVP. Many cite a consent order by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, which requires MVP to do extra checks on the integrity of their pipe.

Earlier this month, PHMSA released a summary of the progress on those tests. In the document, the agency said MVP had reported 130 instances where pipe needed to be excavated for further analysis or repair.

PHMSA released a more detailed version of these findings on Monday.

MVP has said it’s fulfilled all testing requirements and is safe to begin running gas through the pipeline. They say they have shippers lined up that can begin transporting gas, "a day after the Project declares in-service."

This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.

Updated: June 11, 2024 at 9:19 PM EDT
Editor's note: an earlier version of this story said gas could begin running through the MVP as early as Wednesday. The pipeline company says it can begin transporting gas a day after "the Project declares in-service." The story has been updated to reflect the change.
Roxy Todd is Radio IQ's New River Valley Bureau Chief.