Mountain Valley pipeline startup delayed until June

By Carlos Anchondo | 05/23/2024 06:45 AM EDT

The natural gas project is nearing completion after years of legal fights and slowdowns.

A segment of the Mountain Valley pipeline.

A segment of the Mountain Valley pipeline is shown. Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC

Developers of the Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline are punting its start date into next month, dropping plans to have the project in service by the end of May.

In a filing Tuesday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a lawyer for Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC said the company “has made significant progress towards mechanical completion.”

But it also said some welding work remains, as do two tests — or “tool runs” — meant to detect dents on the pipeline.


The delay into June marks the latest delay for the 303-mile project, which is designed to transport natural gas from West Virginia to southern Virginia. FERC gave the pipeline a green light in October 2017. The conduit faced years of legal challenges and opposition before a Mountain Valley-related provision expediting its completion was included in a federal debt ceiling law last year.