4th Circ. Pauses Review Of FWS Permit For $5B Pipeline

Law360 (October 11, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit on Friday blocked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's authorization for the Mountain Valley gas pipeline amid a legal challenge, and stayed the case until January to allow the agency to finish consulting with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the project's impacts.

In a brief order, the court granted a request by environmental groups to stay the biological opinion and incidental take statement issued for the proposed 303-mile pipeline running through West Virginia and Virginia.

Green groups claimed Friday that the ruling effectively halts construction of the project, though Mountain Valley in August agreed to suspend all...

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