EQT Midstream Partners' joint venture responds to stop work order
Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, partially owned by EQT Midstream Partners, released the following statement and background information in response to a project-wide stop work order issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, issued on August 3 related to the adequacy of permits issued by the U.S. Forest Service, or USFS, and Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, granting a 3.5 mile right-of-way in the Jefferson National Forest, or JNF, for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, or MVP, project. The right-of-way permits in question affect only approximately 1% of MVP's overall 303-mile project route. "We agree with the FERC that the USFS and BLM will be able to satisfy the Fourth Circuit Court's requirements regarding their respective decisions; and we believe that the two agencies will work quickly to supplement their initial records. In addition, we are confident that the BLM has reached the correct conclusion during their initial analysis of alternatives in the JNF and agree that MVP's current route has the least overall impact to the environment. MVP had previously halted operations in the JNF, with exception of work needed to manage any unnecessary environmental erosion and maintain slope stability. We will continue to closely coordinate with all agencies to resolve these challenges as they work to have the right-of-way grants reissued. While disappointed with this recent setback, MVP is confident in the BLM's alternatives analysis, as well as with the approvals received by state and federal agencies; and we look forward to continuing the safe construction of this important infrastructure project." As the USFS and BLM work to supplement and recast their initial filings to be more inline with the court's order, MVP is evaluating its construction plan on a daily basis and continues to target a Q1 2019 in-service date. MVP will provide updates as the regulatory process progresses.