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FERC allows restart on Mountain Valley pipeline; commissioners question decision

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FERC allows restart on Mountain Valley pipeline; commissioners question decision

FERC allows restart of construction along most of Mountain Valley gas pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC to resume construction and restoration of most of the rest of its 300-mile, 2-Bcf/d natural gas project in West Virginia and Virginia, much of which had been under a construction hold while federal permitting issues were resolved.

"Staff ... has determined that the protection of the environment along the project's right-of-way is best served by modifying the stop work order issued on August 3, 2018," Terry Turpin, director of the FERC Office of Energy Projects, said in an Aug. 29 letter.

FERC commissioners question staff's action to restart pipeline project

Democratic commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission took the unusual step of challenging an Aug. 29 staff decision allowing construction to resume on most of the 2-Bcf/d Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline, recommending that the full commission be involved in matters involving federal agency authorizations and federal court orders.

"In the future, when a court remands or vacates a required federal authorization following the issuance of a notice to proceed, we believe the decision regarding whether and how to proceed with the pipeline should be made by the commission rather than its staff," the commissioners said. "Ultimately, it is the commission's responsibility to ensure the project is in the public interest."

Dominion's western Marcellus gas pipeline project passes environmental review

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff found Dominion Energy Transmission Inc.'s 120-MMcf/d natural gas pipeline expansion project, which would deliver gas from Pennsylvania to Midwest markets, would not have significant environmental impacts.

The Sweden Valley project is designed to provide firm gas transportation service from an existing interconnect on Dominion's Line TL-489 in northern Pennsylvania to a new interconnect with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. system in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.

Columbia Gas, Florida Southeast Connection can start service on pipe expansions

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Florida Southeast Connection LLC and Columbia Gas Transmission LLC authorizations they needed to start service on their respective natural gas pipeline projects in Florida and Virginia.

Rover Pipeline asks permission to place last 2 laterals into service

Rover Pipeline LLC asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval to place its remaining two laterals in service so its shippers can begin delivering "stranded" natural gas supplies to Midwest markets.

Transco asks FERC to act on NJ pipeline expansion by mid-October

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to decide on a Natural Gas Act certificate for a pipeline expansion project that would increase transportation capacity through New Jersey by 65,000 Dth/d.

Paiute Pipeline gets OK from FERC to finish 2018 expansion project in Nevada

Staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cleared Paiute Pipeline Co. to begin construction on the final pieces of its natural gas expansion project in western Nevada.

The entire expansion project consists of 8.47 miles of upsized or looped pipeline and associated facilities in four segments along a 65-mile stretch of Paiute's Carson and South Tahoe laterals in Douglas County, Lyon County and Carson City in Nevada.