On September 16, 2016, FERC staff issued its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mountain Valley Project, concluding that “that construction and operation of the projects would result in some adverse environmental impacts, but these impacts would be reduced with the implementation of the applicants’ proposed mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended in the EIS,” according to a summary on the FERC Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2016/09-16-16-eis.asp (accessed 9/19/16). Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC and Equitrans LP have proposed the approximately 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline from West Virginia to a connection at Chatham, in Pittsylvania County, Va., with the existing Transcontinental, or Transco, pipeline, which runs from Texas to New York.
The draft EIS will undergo a public-comment period until Dec. 22, 2016. Access to the draft EIS is available online at http://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2016/09-16-16-eis.asp. The FERC docket number for the draft EIS is CP16-10-000. FERC will hold seven public sessions to take comments on the draft EIS. Three will be in Virginia, as follows (all begin at 5 p.m. Eastern time):
11/1/16, Chatham High School, Chatham, Va.
11/2/16, Franklin County High School, Rocky Mount, Va.
11/3/16, Sheraton Hotel, Hershberger Road in Roanoke, Va.
For an overview of the draft EIS and for some immediate reaction, see FERC draft report calls pipeline’s potential impact ‘limited,’ Roanoke Times, 9/16/16.
For more on this and other natural-gas issues and developments in Virginia, please see the Water Central News Grouper post, Natural Gas Drilling and Transport in Virginia under Close Scrutiny in 2014-16.