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Pipelines Worth $10 Billion in Legal Limbo as Feds Rush Reviews

Aug. 15, 2018, 11:18 PM

The Trump administration’s push to more quickly approve energy infrastructure could spell trouble for future natural gas pipelines, with two Appalachian projects already facing major setbacks after environmental reviews were found to be deficient.

In a rare move, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission halted work on both the $3.7 billion Mountain Valley and the $6 billion to $6.5 billion Atlantic Coast pipelines in the course of a week. The orders followed court decisions that vacated key permits for the projects, which judges decided hadn’t been adequately reviewed by agencies under the Interior Department.

More of those setbacks could ...