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MVP permit denial reversed by appellate court

The Roanoke Times:

An extension of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, threatened by the denial of a key permit from North Carolina, gained new life Thursday.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a decision by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, ruling that it did not properly explain the reasons why it had denied a water quality certification for a portion of the natural gas pipeline

Called MVP Southgate, the extension would start at the main pipeline’s terminus in Pittsylvania County and run for 75 miles into North Carolina.

On Monday, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis released a study that found Mountain Valley is in financial jeopardy, based on a lower natural gas demand now than when the project was first proposed in 2016. The nonprofit institute says its mission is to accelerate the transition to a diverse, sustainable and profitable energy economy.

The project’s rising cost, caused by delays as it fights challenges from environmental groups, means that it will now have to compete with cheaper sources of natural gas, the study found. 

[Laurence Hammack]

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