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Mountain Valley Gas Pipeline Not Needed, Green Groups’ Suit Says

Feb. 1, 2021, 4:35 PM

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s recent orders allowing the Mountain Valley Pipeline construction to proceed should be blocked since new information shows the project is no longer needed, environmental groups say in a new filing in the D.C. Circuit.

Falling demand for natural gas and the surplus of pipeline takeaway capacity from the Appalachian Basin “undermines any claim” that Mountain Valley Pipeline’s capacity will serve the public interest, according to the Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices, and four other groups.

However, the pipeline construction’s impacts to forests, streams, and wetlands harm the public’s interest in protecting natural resources, the groups say ...

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