Federal Agency Temporarily Halts Mountain Valley Pipeline

On Friday, a federal agency ordered a halt to construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The project has run into many issues dealing with erosion since it began its path through the Roanoke and New River valleys.

In a letter to pipeline officials, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cited an appeals court decision in late July that reversed earlier-granted approvals for pipeline work in Jefferson National Forest.  Since construction on the 3.6-mile segment of the natural gas pipeline is now put on hold, FERC decided that work on the remainder of the 303-mile project should also not continue at this time. The pipeline would cross more than 500 streams and wetlands in Southwest Virginia.

Although this decision is said to be a temporary hiatus, it is still a major victory for opponents who have been fighting the massive pipeline for the last four years.

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