Mountain Valley Pipeline to begin operations following FERC approval

(UI) – The Mountain Valley Pipeline, valued at $7.85 billion, has received approval from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin operations.

The pipeline, which stretches from West Virginia to Virginia, is the only major natural gas pipeline currently under construction in the U.S. Northeast.

Since construction began in 2018, the Mountain Valley Pipeline has faced numerous regulatory and legal challenges that have repeatedly halted work.

FERC's approval follows their determination that the areas disrupted by construction have been satisfactorily stabilized and restored. Mountain Valley had requested approval to commence operations by June 11.

Originally estimated to cost $3.5 billion and projected to be operational by late 2018, the 2.0-billion cubic feet per day project is now ready for final preparations to start commercial operations. However, the exact start date for gas flows remains uncertain.

This story was originally reported by Reuters.

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