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Redesign of Mountain Valley Pipeline extension project goes ‘to the heart’ of prior public interest

Rebecca Barnabi
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Virginia and North Carolina legislators are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to require a new certificate application for the “redesigned” Southgate Project of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

U.S. Reps. Jennifer McClellan of Virginia, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott of Virginia, Valerie Foushee of North Carolina and Kathy Manning of North Carolina today wrote to (FERC).

The Southgate Project of the MVP is a natural gas pipeline extension that would run from southern Virginia into northwestern North Carolina. On December 19, 2023, FERC approved an extension of the construction window for the original pipeline project. On December 29, 2023, MVP announced that it had “redesigned” the Southgate Project.

“The changes Mountain Valley proposes are substantial and go to the heart of the Commission’s prior public interest analysis. Fairness and the National Environmental Policy Act require that the Commission affords our constituents a robust and transparent review process for this new project,” the Members wrote.

The Members’ advocacy against the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Extension to FERC:

“The bottom line is that the redesigned Southgate Project will deliver a substantially greater volume of gas for a different purpose than the Commission approved in 2020,” the Members wrote. “We believe that Mountain Valley’s redesigned Southgate Project goes beyond a set of modest changes to an existing certificate—it is a new pipeline, one with a different purpose and different environmental impacts, including an increased contribution to the climate crisis.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.