Equitrans Midstream Corp. has again delayed the start date for its 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline and raised its estimated cost to $6.6 billion, more than twice the original estimate.
But the big question was whether the natural gas pipeline would ever be completed and what that could mean.
Mountain Valley Pipeline, MVP for short, has become the harbinger of whether there’s still a desire for, or even the possibility of, large infrastructure projects being completed, even as Congress and the Biden administration talk about “building back.”
The Canonsburg-based midstream firm said on Tuesday that it plans to apply for two environmental permits to replace the ones that were challenged and struck down in court. The process is likely to delay the restart of construction until at least the second quarter of next year.
MVP’s journey from conception in the early 2010s through permitting, construction — the project is 94% completed, according to the company — lawsuits, protesters chaining themselves to bulldozers, and project sponsors losing faith, is viewed by supporters and opponents as a cautionary tale.