Controversial pipeline gets environmental approval

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The Mountain Valley Pipeline is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted final environmental approval (which is not the final approval needed) for the pipeline, which would carry West Virginia natural gas to other, out-of-state, markets.

The 42-inch pipeline would extend 303.5 miles through Wetzel, Harrison, Doddridge, Lewis, Braxton, Webster, Fayette, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Summers, and Monroe counties.

Along with the pipeline would be three new compressor stations.

The FERC was tasked with evaluating if the pipeline would be safe for the surrounding environment and concluded that appropriate precautions were being taken to prevent issues, such as erosion.
The controversial pipeline project has been seeking approval since 2014.