The Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines recently received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, according to The Associated Press. However, the FERC certificates came with conditions, and other necessary permits for the projects are still pending.
The approval gives the developers behind the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines the authority to use eminent domain to acquire land in the proposed paths if they can’t come to an agreement with a landowner.
Both pipelines are being constructed to move natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to the Southeast. The $3.5 billion Mountain Valley pipeline will stretch 303 miles and move up to 2 billion cubic feet per day from West Virginia to Virginia. The Atlantic Coast pipeline will span 600 miles and it will move up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day from West Virginia to Virginia and North Carolina. It will cost approximately $5 billion.