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 Monroe County from 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 over $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, Monroe 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 $4.1 million in annual county ad valorem taxes (property taxes) once the pipeline is in service.
Residential, Commercial, and Municipal
Monroe has natural gas service only in the towns of Union and Peterstown. While there is a Columbia Gas pipeline that runs east-west, most of the communities have limited gas access. The MVP project could help provide additional supplies to service the residential, commercial, and municipal sectors and could help with consumers wanting to switch to natural gas.
The manufacturing sector plays an important role in the county’s economy. Manufacturing – mainly through UTC Aerospace – employs 400 people or 21% of the county’s workforce. The average annual wage for the sector is 45% higher than the county’s average.