MVP Files Formal Application

mvp_filingMountain Valley Pipeline submitted its formal application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this morning.

You can access the news release at: http://mountainvalleypipeline.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/FF-News-Release-FINAL.pdf.

MVP has also posted their request to FERC to initiate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) pre-filing review of the proposed MVP.  You can access this document on our website at: http://preservethenrv.com/docs/MVP-Prefiling-request-Docket-No.-PF15-3.pdf.

MVP has stated that there will only be three compressor stations during construction.  We obviously have not seen any specifics on this yet but I hope everyone understands that this is a plan and plans can change.  It is hard to believe a pipeline of this magnitude will be built with the need for a compressor station in Virginia.

We also received a copy of the route that has been proposed to the FERC (see http://preservethenrv.com/docs/Proposed-Route-10-23-15.pdf).  It is at a broad level so we will have to wait until we see the actual filing to know details but it appears that the route proposed in the filing:

  • selected Alternate Route 200 (impacting residents in Giles, Craig and Montgomery counties)
  • bypasses most of Craig County
  • bypasses the Spring Hollow Reservoir in Roanoke County
  • runs to the south of Cahas Mountain in Franklin County (rather than going over the mountain)

UPDATE:  It will take a while for us to get all of these documents loaded to the website so we did not want you to have to wait.  Visit: http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?document_id=14390614 and you will find MVP’s application, final resource reports, and new alignment sheets (which provide specifics on the route).  Thanks to Dave Perry from the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy for sharing this information.

Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 6, 2015

Contacts:

Angela Stanton 540-230-6010 preservethenrv@gmail.com
Roberta Bondurant 540-793-4769 bondurantlaw@aol.com
Richard Shingles 540-921-7324 shingles@vt.edu
Kirk Bowers 434-296-8673 kirk.bowers@sierraclub.org
Natasha Laity-Snyder 540-365-2090 natasha@unplannedpeacock.com

New Study Undercuts MVP Economic Benefits Claims

A new study by Key-Log Economics (“Reason for Caution: Mountain Valley Pipeline Economic Studies Overestimate Benefits, Downplay Costs”) casts strong doubts on the claims made by MVP for economic benefits of the pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia. This new report shows that previous studies exaggerate the benefits and largely ignore the public and external costs attending the construction, operation and presence of the MVP.

When FTI Consulting released MVP-funded reports in 2014 describing the purported economic benefits of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, it included disclaimers that, “There is no assurance by anyone that this information is accurate or complete” and that FTI would not vouch for “the completeness and achievability of the projected financial data, information and assessments.”

“The FTI studies are a form of magical thinking,” said Angela Stanton of Preserve the New River Valley. “They overestimate the potential benefits and ignore the costs. It’s like trying to balance your checkbook by fantasizing your income and ignoring your expenses.”

Central findings of the Key-Log Economics critique were that the FTI reports for MVP:

  • Over-estimate “construction benefits” to the MVP region
  • Overestimate total employment effects of pipeline operation and maintenance
  • Overstate benefits from fuel switching, which appear unlikely to occur
  • Overstate financial benefits to local governments.
  • Do not provide sufficient information to support a decision to permit the Mountain Valley Pipeline. A full accounting of public and external costs is needed.

Costs ignored by the FTI reports include reduced landscape productivity, diminished property values, diminished economic development opportunities and reduced desirability of the pipeline-affected region as a destination of choice for businesses and residents. Other impacts include increased community services costs due to damage to roads and bridges and greater need for emergency services. All of these add to the costs of the Mountain Valley Pipeline and clearly show that natural gas development and operations can upset the economic apple cart in local communities.

The study conducted by Key-Log Economics was sponsored by a variety of citizen grassroots and community organization groups in Virginia and West Virginia, including: Blue Ridge Land Conservancy; Greenbrier River Watershed Association; Preserve Bent Mountain; Preserve Craig; Preserve Franklin County; Preserve Giles County; Preserve Greenbrier; Preserve Monroe; Preserve Montgomery County VA; Preserve the New River Valley; Preserve Roanoke; Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition; Summers County Residents the Against Pipeline; Roanoke Group, New River Group and Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club; and the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council.

The complete report by Spencer Phillips, Ph.D., of Key-Log Economics, can be accessed in its entirety at:. http://preservethenrv.com/docs/MVP_EconBenefitStudyCritique.pdf