April 2019, Vol. 246, No. 4

Government

Appeals Courts Provide Good, Bad News on Pipelines

The top federal appeals court in charge of policing regulatory decisions gave a big victory to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in February by endorsing its approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision, dispatching complaints raised by environmental groups about the way FERC issued a certificate to Mountain Valley in 2017. The project would extend 300 miles from Wetzel County, W.Va., into Pittsylvania County, Va. Petitioners raised 16 challenges to FERC’s environmental assessment of the Project and subsequent issuance of the certificate. The court wrote in its decision, “None of the challenges succeeds.”

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