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We believe so. Our GIS staff has regularly requested up-to-date alignments from Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in order to provide the most accurate information we can get. However, MVP does have the ability to request minor route changes from the FERC.
According to Mountain Valley Pipeline Information (MVP), at this time there are no laydown yards planned for Roanoke County. They are not required by the FERC to tell Roanoke County if they are planning a laydown yard on appropriately zoned land. However, few sites would permit this in the county.
In October 2017, Roanoke County hired a part-time intern from Virginia Tech. All other staff involved already work for other Roanoke County departments.
There will be restrictions on what landowners can do during the period of construction following eminent domain orders. Construction and operation logistics will be determined in the judicial order or legal agreements between Mountain Valley Pipeline Information (MVP) and property owners.
Roanoke County is involved in floodplain-related regulations, however, the County is not aware that the pipeline impacts any delineated or regulated floodplain in that area.
As Roanoke County is not a landowner it is not involved in any eminent domain cases. Several of our landowners are involved in ongoing litigation and we do follow that with general interest. The Board of Supervisors allowed the County to hire outside counsel to advise staff through this process. Roanoke County has submitted many filings to the FERC and challenged the FERC process whenever possible. When the FERC order was issued the County filed a notice of rehearing (the regulatory way to challenge a FERC filing).
This enables the County to participate in certain legal actions, if requested by the Board. The County also filed as an intervener in the process and is a consulting party in the Section 106 process, but has challenged that Mountain Valley Pipeline Information (MVP) has not exercised all opportunities to consult with Roanoke County.