Charleston, W.Va. (October 14, 2017) – Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, issued the following statement today following the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Supply Header Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline projects:
“WVONGA members greatly appreciate the FERC’s issuance of certificates for the Atlantic Coast, Supply Header and Mountain Valley pipeline projects. These crucially important projects have been planned and studied exhaustively for several years and will offer transportation for West Virginia-produced natural gas to markets across the southeast. This new infrastructure will allow our state to more fully develop its natural gas resources, leading to more jobs throughout the economy.
FERC’s approval of these projects signal the start of what may be one of the largest private sector infrastructure investments in West Virginia’s history; providing tens of thousands of jobs and tremendous economic investment for the state.
The construction of Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, in partnership with Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas, is projected to create 17,000 new jobs and $2.7 billion in economic activity across the region.
Dominion Energy’s Supply Header Project is a 37-mile interstate natural gas pipeline spanning portions of West Virginia and Pennsylvania and represents a half-billion dollar investment.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline – a joint venture between EQT Midstream Partners, LP; NextEra US Gas Assets, LLC; Con Edison Transmission, Inc.; WGL Midstream; and RGC Midstream, LLC – represents a capital investment of $3.5 billion and is projected to support nearly 10,000 jobs.
The approval of these projects marks a milestone in the evolution of West Virginia’s natural gas industry and offers the promise of economic opportunity for the state and its residents for generations to come.”
For additional information or commentary, contact Anne Blankenship at (304) 343-1609.