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The Roanoke Times:

For the second time, a federal appeals court has thrown out government approvals for a natural gas pipeline to pass through the Jefferson National Forest.

A written decision Tuesday from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marked the latest of many setbacks for the Mountain Valley Pipeline since construction began in 2018.

The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management failed to properly predict — and to prevent — erosion and sedimentation caused by building the massive infrastructure project, a three-judge panel for the court found.

Judge Stephanie Thacker wrote in the unanimous decision that the agencies “erroneously failed to account for real-world data suggesting increased sedimentation along the pipeline route.”

The ruling sends the permit back to the Forest Service and BLM for reconsideration. The first time the court did that, in July 2018, it took about two years for the agencies to approve a second permit — which now has also been found lacking by the Fourth Circuit.

[Laurence Hammack]

More: Mountain Valley Pipeline loses permit to cross through Jefferson National Forest

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