US Court Vacates Federal Permit for Mountain Valley Natgas Pipeline

When Mountain Valley construction started in February 2018, Equitrans Midstream estimated the 303-mile (488-km), 2 Bcf/d project would cost about $3.5 billion and enter service by late 2018.

Reuters

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit on Jan. 25 invalidated federal approvals for Equitrans Midstream Corp.’s $6.2 billion Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline under construction from West Virginia to Virginia.

The court decision was the latest setback for the pipeline, which was already years behind schedule and billions over budget.

Specifically, the court vacated the record of decisions of the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management allowing the pipe to cross about 3.5-miles (5.6-km) through the Jefferson National Forest, and sent the case back to the agencies.

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