By KATE MISHKIN
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A streamlined river crossing permit issued to the Mountain Valley Pipeline is on hold after lawyers for citizen groups and environmental groups argued that the projects shouldn’t have gotten the permit.
The permit, approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, included a condition from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection that said river crossings had to be completed in 72 hours. But Mountain Valley Pipeline developers said crossings of the Elk, Gauley, Greenbrier and Meadow rivers would take four to six weeks — not 72 hours — to complete.
The Corps approved the so-called Nationwide 12 permit anyway.
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