Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Jefferson National Forest

Current Status:

The Mountain Valley Pipeline project is a proposed natural gas pipeline owned by Mountain Valley, LLC spanning approximately 303.5 miles from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia.

Interstate natural gas pipelines are authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Under the Mineral Leasing Act, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management is responsible for issuing federal lands right-of-way permits for interstate pipelines that cross more than one Federal agency jurisdiction. The MVP project crosses multiple jurisdictions, including lands administered by the Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

On May 15, 2023, the Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, signed a Record of Decision to amend the Jefferson National Forest Plan to allow the use and occupancy of National Forest System lands by Mountain Valley, LLC to construct and operate a buried 42-inch interstate natural gas pipeline that would cross National Forest System lands on the Jefferson National Forest along a proposed 3.5-mile corridor.

Closure orders to protect public safety in the construction area can be found here. 

For inquiries:

Phone 1-888-603-0261 

Current Documents 

Current documents for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project are available here on the project page.