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MVP ROW AT BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

T

HE FINAL phase of work on the Mountain
Valley Pipeline (MVP) is poised to wrap up
this year, bringing a new supply of affordable natural gas to homes and businesses
in the Roanoke Valley.
The pipeline is designed to move 2 billion cubic
feet of natural gas per day from northern West Virginia to meet market demand here and across the
Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Local economic
benefits include millions of dollars in new annual
tax revenue to support various community priorities, such as schools and law enforcement.
"This project is a testament to the hard work
of the thousands of men and women who have
worked so diligently to ensure Americans have reliable access to domestic natural gas," said Diana
Charletta, president and chief operating officer of
EQM Midstream Partners, LP, operator of MVP. "We
are very pleased with the progress we've made, and
we are eager to bring the project into service later
this year."
Through the end of 2019, total project work was
more than 90 percent complete. That included all
work on the three compressor stations in West
Virginia and the delivery facilities in Montgomery,
Franklin and Pittsylvania counties. More than 260
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miles of pipeline had been welded and put in place,
and the permanent 50-foot easement had been fully
restored along roughly half of the project's 303-mile
length, including in high-visibility sections such as
along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
"Since the very beginning, we have made clear
that our No. 1 priority is building this project
safely and responsibly," said Robert Cooper, senior
vice president, construction services for EQM Midstream Partners, LP. "Our team has raised the bar
for pipeline construction, and we remain fully
committed to protecting natural resources as we
install the remainder of the pipeline and complete
restoration."
An extensive network
MVP will become part of our nation's vast network of natural gas pipelines. More than 2.5 million
miles of natural gas pipelines operate daily across
the U.S., with 22,000 miles of those gas pipelines
located here in Virginia, according to the American
Gas Association.
The federal government recognizes pipeline systems as the safest means for transporting fuel and
credits their location underground as an important
factor in protecting them.



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