Mountain Valley Pipeline Project
On October 13, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project (MVP). The pipeline will stretch approximately 303 miles from Wetzel County, West Virginia to Pittsylvania County in Virginia's Southside region. Nearly eight and a half miles of the pipeline will be located in Roanoke County, just west of the Dixie Caverns area. The pipeline will carry natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions (which spans from New York to West Virginia) to markets in the Mid and South Atlantic regions of the United States.
Roanoke County's Role
Roanoke County's direct regulatory role in MVP's approval process is very limited. The approval process for the project is performed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which coordinates approval through other federal and state agencies. Local governing bodies have no role in the approval of projects of this type. Roanoke County's efforts have centered on making comments to the FERC and other agencies with regulatory authority. Roanoke County's Pipeline Advisory Committee (PAC) was created in 2015 by the Board of Supervisors to provide key stakeholders an opportunity to assist the Board in its review of the potential impacts and benefits of the pipeline to citizens, businesses and natural resources within the county.
For more information about Roanoke County's role, please view the January 25, 2018 Community Meeting Video.
View the Roanoke County Map Proposed Route (PDF).
Roanoke County's Goals & Objectives
- Keep citizens informed and engaged
- Minimize impacts to county citizens
- Fully participate in the regulatory process
- Protect water resources
- Assist citizens during construction
These webpages were developed to answer frequently asked questions about how the construction of the pipeline will affect Roanoke County.