October 2021, Vol. 248, No. 10


FERC Blesses MVP’s Use of Trenchless Technology

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington D.C. The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), bringing fracked gas 300 miles (483 km) from West Virginia to Virginia, cleared its latest federal regulatory hurdle when FERC said in an environmental assessment that the trenchless technology MVP plans to use when crossing water bodies met with FERC’s approval.   FERC’s decision was not final, however, and it could be influenced by public comments that will be forthcoming. The MVP had originally planned to use open-cut dry crossings for the streams and water bodies at issue.   Natalie Cox, a spokeswoman for Equitrans Midstream Corporation (EQM), the MVP’s operator and ma

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