USDA Forest Service gives go ahead for Mountain Valley Pipeline
ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) - The USDA Forest Service has issued to amend the Jefferson National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) to allow for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP Project).
The Forest Service's Record of Decision (ROD), which is a formal decision document, modifies certain standards in the Forest Plan to accommodate the pipeline construction and require measures to minimize environmental impacts.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for approving pipelines that cross federal lands under the jurisdiction of two or more federal agencies, but must have the concurrence of the involved agencies.
These actions are necessary steps in order for the MVP Project to be built on National Forest System lands.
“Our decision supports U.S. Forest Service efforts to provide for multiple uses, minimize impacts to natural resources, and to implement federal policies that encourage energy infrastructure, jobs, and economic growth,” said Joby Timm, Forest Supervisor.
The MVP Project will traverse a total of 303 miles to deliver natural gas produced in the Appalachian Basin to markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeastern United States.
The MVP Project will cross 3.6 miles of the Jefferson National Forest in Monroe County, West Virginia and Giles and Montgomery counties in Virginia.
The MVP Project will impact about 83 acres of the Forest during construction and after restoration, will require about 42 acres for long term operation. The operational corridor for the pipeline will be 50 feet wide. The pipeline route on the Forest will also cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Brush Mountain Inventoried Roadless Area.
More information about the MVP Project and the Forest Service ROD can be viewed here.