Statement on MVP request for a second FERC certificate extension

June 24, 2022

Jessica Sims, Virginia Field Coordinator, jessica[at], 804-356-1228
Molly Moore, Director of Program Communications, molly[at], 847-401-3633

Appalachian Voices statement on Mountain Valley Pipeline’s request for a second FERC certificate extension

Today, Mountain Valley Pipeline sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asking the commissioners to extend MVP’s Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity until October 13, 2026, which could give developers four additional years to complete the project. This is the second time the pipeline developers have asked for an extension, as MVP was granted a two-year renewal in October 2020. The project is already billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule. MVP has requested that the FERC reply with their decision by August 8, 2022.

It is unclear at this time whether MVP will be able to reacquire and keep its missing federal authorizations needed to begin construction on the project.

Jessica Sims, Virginia Field Coordinator, issued the following statement on behalf of Appalachian Voices:

“Mountain Valley Pipeline does not deserve another pass to harm the communities and water resources of Appalachia. MVP’s request for a 4-year certificate extension runs counter to May 2022 statements from a major equity holder in the project, Equitrans, which touted project completion in 2023. No matter how much time MVP asks for, it does not change the likelihood that the project can be built legally or safely, so FERC should deny this extension request.”