DC Circ. Won't Pause $3.5B Mountain Valley Pipeline Work

Law360 (August 31, 2018, 2:42 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit on Thursday refused to pause work on the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley gas pipeline while tribal officials and environmentalists fight the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision approving the project.

The three-judge panel ruled that the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and preservation officers of the Rosebud Sioux tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe had not met the "stringent" requirements for an emergency stay while the appeals court reviews the FERC order.

A divided three-member commission approved construction of the pipeline back in October, and in early January, environmentalists urged the appeals court to block the work, saying...

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