Bloomberg Law
Feb. 3, 2022, 2:37 PMUpdated: Feb. 3, 2022, 4:48 PM

Mountain Valley Pipeline Endangered Species Review Tossed (1)

Maya Earls
Maya Earls
Legal Reporter

Mountain Valley Pipeline was dealt another blow after the Fourth Circuit rejected the federal government’s finding that the project won’t jeopardize protected species, Equitrans Midstream Corp. announced Thursday.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to adequately consider the project’s environmental effects when it came to two species of endangered fish, the Roanoke logperch and candy darter, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

The agency didn’t fully study how past and ongoing human and natural factors affect the species, and its review of the cumulative effects of future state and private activities was inadequate, the ...