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Stop-work order lifted on Mountain Valley pipeline project

Associated Press:

Mountain Valley Pipeline has another two years to finish a natural gas pipeline.

The Roanoke Times reports that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC] also lifted a stop-work order for all but a 25-mile segment of the interstate transmission line that includes the Jefferson National Forest and adjacent land.

While acknowledging problems with erosion and sedimentation during the first two years of construction, FERC found that allowing the pipeline to be completed is best for both the environment and the public.

In a 2-1 decision, the commission wrote that the presence of equipment, personnel, and partially completed construction is disruptive to landowners. Commissioners say proceeding to final restoration “is in the best interest of these landowners and the environment.”

However, new legal challenges could limit the scope of work.

More: Work on Mountain Valley Pipeline can resume

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