The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project is a natural gas pipeline system that would span approximately 303 miles from the north of West Virginia to the south of Virginia. In West Virginia, it would pass through eleven counties – Wetzel, Harrison, Doddridge, Lewis, Braxton, Webster, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Fayette, Summers, and Monroe. The following describes the benefits to West Virginia and Braxton County due to construction spending, pipeline operations, ad valorem taxes, and direct use of natural gas. Full reports and maps can be downloaded below and for more information, please visit our FAQ’s page.
The MVP project developers expected to spend $811 million on West Virginia-based labor, goods, and services from 2015 to 2018 to support construction of the project. This direct spending would add $594 million in cumulative gross regional product to West Virginia during that period and up to 4,500 jobs in 2017 and 2018 during the peak of construction. With its established manufacturing base, Braxton County could contribute labor and other resources to the construction effort.
Pipeline Operation Benefits
Ongoing operation of the pipeline would support a total of 54 jobs across the state with average annual wages and benefits of $65,000.
Ad Valorem Tax Benefits
The MVP project is expected to generate $2.7 million in annual county ad valorem taxes (property taxes) once the pipeline is in service.
Residential, Commercial, and Municipal
Natural gas and electricity are the main space and water heating sources in the county. Native production wells provide a large portion of gas supply. The MVP project could provide additional gas supply as native production declines over time. The project also could help enable switching as West Virginia natural gas prices in 2014 were less than half the cost of delivered electricity prices.
Manufacturing and Gas Production
The manufacturing sector plays an important role in the county’s economy. It employs around 300 people or 9% of the workforce in the county and pays, on average, 35% more than the average wage in the county. The wood products industry represents a major part of the sector, with employers like Weyerhaeuser, Appalachian Timber Services, and Braxton Lumber. Providing additional supply to county manufacturers via MVP would help ensure reliable access to a low-cost fuel source. Increased supply also would provide opportunities for expansions.
Additionally, the MVP project offers an opportunity to encourage investment in gas production as it would allow producers to move natural gas to major markets along the MVP route and in the Southeast.