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4th Circuit Court vacates Mountain Valley Pipeline permit

By KEN WARD JR.

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Cahas Mountain looms over the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline as it crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway at Adney Gap, Virginia, on July 18.
(The Roanoke Times via AP photo by Heather Rousseau)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal appeals court on Tuesday vacated a key Clean Water Act permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, saying regulators lacked legal authority to “substitute” one kind of construction standard for another that was more friendly to the natural gas pipeline project.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a three-page, unanimous and unsigned order four days after hearing oral arguments in a case brought by the Sierra Club, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition and other citizen organizations over federal approval of the 300-mile-long pipeline from Wetzel County, West Virginia, into Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

The order offered few details on the court’s reasoning and said its ruling would “be more fully explained in a forthcoming opinion.”

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