Mountain Valley Pipeline developers make formal pre-filing with FERC
According to the Roanoke Times, Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin its informal review of the proposed 300-mile natural gas pipeline. The filing specified a 42-inch pipeline, the largest size under discussion.
In Virginia, the pipeline would transport fracked natural gas through Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties.
See the newspaper story here.
Many people are wondering, as Supervisor Jason Peters did, whether local residents and businesses might benefit from access to cheaper natural gas via this pipeline. The short answer is: highly unlikely.
While the developers, EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy, say that their goal is to deliver gas to “communities along the proposed Mountain Valley pipeline route,” there are no planned connections to any location in Virginia except the final terminus, and the developer stated in the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors briefing that, “Gas molecules flow all over the place.”
Local columnist Dan Casey recently pointed out that the Pittsylvania County terminus is already connected via pipelines to a Chesapeake Bay exporting facility called Cove Point in Lusby, Maryland. Cove Point is owned by Dominion Resources, the most powerful lobbying organization in Virginia and the developer of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in northern Virginia.
Natural gas is more expensive in Europe than in the United States, so seems likely that developers who say there is a “surplus” of fracked natural gas in the United States would rush to reach this lucrative export market.
See Casey’s article here.
Want to dig deeper?
You can see lots of the information on the FERC website.
The project is docket number PF15-3
Easiest is to use FERC’s eLibrary.
1) Point your browser to http://www.ferc.gov.
2) Use the drop-down menu from the Documents & Filing tab and select eLibrary.
3) Enter the docket number PF15-3 and select “general search.” (these may happen in slightly different order than shown here – but just enter the docket number when it comes up and let it give you all of the documents.)
4) The default dates will search the past 30 days, so you may need to change the date range to capture the documents you need.
5) Click on “submit” at the bottom to find documents.
6) If files are available they will appear in a table format in columns, including a description of the document. To open the file, instead of clicking on the description, go to the right and double click on “FERC generated PDF” or another format. You can then save any documents you want.
If you want automatic notifications, want to make comments and want to dig deeper, you can register to do so here:
You can register for free to follow this proceeding, make comments and review documents. A pamphlet with instructions is here.