ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Eight years after western Virginia landowners first learned of the plans for the Mountain Valley pipeline, the project is still not complete.
This week, company officials says it will be late next year before they hope to complete the project. And they said the cost of the project had jumped to $6.6 billion.
During a Q1 earnings conference call, Equitrans Midstream Chairman and CEO Thomas Karam said the company expects to receive new permits for the remaining work.
“We are committed to following the path forward on MVP and are confident that the new commissioning target includes sufficient time for permit re-issuance and for the remaining four to five months of construction,” Karam said during the conference call.
And he said he was confident those permits would stand up to judicial review.
“We focus on everything that’s under our control,” Karam said, “and ultimately we think we live in a country of laws and regulations, and projects like MVP that go through all the processes required and receive all required permits shall, and shall, prevail.
Russell Chisholm sees it differently.
He said the delays are the result of MVP’s failure to follow the law governing the project. And he said the future of the licensing and judicial review process is far less certain than society suggests.
“In these announcements there are a lot of ifs, a lot of uncertainties and they have a lot of tough questions to answer before they can even give a firm date for when they would consider starting construction again,” Chisholm told WDBJ7 in a post. interview. .
Chisholm is the coordinator of Mountain Valley Watch and co-chair of the Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights (POWHR) coalition.
“We feel like it’s only a matter of time before the project is scrapped, so start this process now and save people further heartache,” Chisholm said.
By the time the company’s commissioning date arrives at the end of next year, the project schedule will be approaching 10 years.
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