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Climate Split Persists As FERC Upholds $3.5B Pipeline OK

Law360 (June 15, 2018, 8:33 PM EDT) -- A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Friday that it would not reconsider its approval of Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC's controversial $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline, with the five commissioners once again split along partisan lines over the agency's obligations to consider the climate change impacts of pipeline projects.

Chairman Kevin J. McIntyre and Commissioners Neil Chatterjee and Robert F. Powelson, all of whom are Republican, dismissed or denied more than a dozen requests for rehearing with which environmental groups, landowners and communities sought to...
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