A lobbyist for the natural gas industry told West Virginia legislators Tuesday progress on a pipeline stretching through the Mountain State was slowed because of “rogue environmental groups” challenging the project in the federal court system.
In reality, Dominion Energy has halted construction after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found environmental regulatory groups were bypassing rules meant to protect people, wildlife and the environment in the path of such large-scale projects.
No doubt Dominion will continue to pursue the Atlantic Coast Pipeline once these legal hurdles are cleared, but for representatives of the industry to blame “rogue” environmentalists is dishonest and simply wrong. …
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