Mountain Valley Pipeline Approval

Bighorn is incredibly proud to have worked for Equitrans Midstream on Capitol Hill to complete the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). A recognized “heavy lift,” Bighorn directed the strategy within the U.S. House of Representatives to gain support from House Republicans for a legislative fix for this beleaguered pipeline.  A 303-mile project to deliver natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale fields into Southwest Virginia, the MVP was mired for years in legal challenges; resulting in the same three-judge panel on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals repeatedly overturning federal permits secured by the project.  Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) each sponsored legislation to finish the pipeline in the U.S. Senate, but many Republicans in the U.S. House saw passing MVP legislation as a boon to Democrat Manchin in these times of political division.  With the leadership of U.S. Representative Carol Miller (R-WV), U.S. Representative John Joyce (R-PA), and the muscle of Chief Deputy Whip Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), a House strategy was successfully executed to include the finalization of the MVP in the Fiscal Responsibility Act that became law in June.  This project was a monumental achievement, and Bighorn is grateful to have played a role in its success. 

Jennifer understands the importance of permitting reform for all forms of energy sources and transmission, and Bighorn is eager to connect with others who share this goal. We can work together to achieve your federal permitting goals and ensure a sustainable future for our growing population.