Appeals court upholds Virginia’s review of water quality impact of Mountain Valley Pipeline

This demoralizing article discusses how a federal appeals court has upheld Virginia’s water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, preserving a major milestone for the controversial project.

In a decision Wednesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by the Sierra Club and other environmental conservation groups that the State Water Control Board erred when it found a “reasonable assurance” that streams and wetlands would not be harmed by the natural gas pipeline.

“The construction of the project was exactly that, a large construction project, and the State Agencies very reasonably undertook to protect their waters with the ‘tried and true’ methods developed for just this purpose,” Judge William Traxler wrote for a three-judge panel.

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