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Biden Administration Grants Two More Permits to Contested Mountain Valley Pipeline

HeadlineDec 22, 2023

The Biden administration has approved two more permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, or MVP, which would carry 2 billion cubic feet of fracked gas through Virginia and West Virginia. On Tuesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted MVP’s request to increase its gas transportation rates, after the company’s estimated construction costs ballooned to over $6.6 billion — nearly double its initial projection. The FERC also granted MVP more time to complete work on a proposed 75-mile extension into North Carolina. Indigenous environmental activist Jason Crazy Bear Keck said in a statement, “FERC’s decision to extend MVP Southgate’s certificate of 'public need,' which subjects our streams, rivers and community members to seizing of land and irreversible pollution, against our will, with no proof of need, is a crime against us and future generations.”

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