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  • MVP water crossing permit suspended by federal appeals court

    A three-judge panel of the 4thU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to stay a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Mountain Valley Pipeline to construct all water crossings along the pipeline’s West Virginia route — rather than just the four major river crossings the Corps initially suspended work on.

    The Corps had issued what’s called a » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Partially Suspends Important Pipeline Permit

    Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers informed the corporation building the Mountain Valley Pipeline that it was partially suspending an important permit allowing the company to build the pipeline through streams in West Virginia.

    This action took place after Appalachian Mountain Advocates notified the Corps that MVP had admitted that it could not complete construction of several major stream » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • New challenge to MVP project questions river crossing permit

    By Ken Ward Jr. Charleston Gazette-Mail

    Federal officials approved the Mountain Valley Pipeline using a streamlined review process that isn’t allowed for projects with the kind of time-consuming river crossings involved in construction of the 300-mile natural gas pipeline, lawyers for citizen groups and environmental organizations told a federal appeals court on Tuesday.

    Lawyers for the Sierra Club, the West » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Court Halts Pipeline Tree Cutting, Requires Full Review on Historic VA Property

    More good news for The Wilderness, a 1,000-acre historic farm threatened by the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This morning a unanimous judicial panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated a lower court’s injunction that would have allowed ACP to begin cutting trees on the property immediately. Appalachian Mountain Advocates represents The Wilderness in this » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Court stops Pipeline’s timbering of “The Wilderness” (for now)

    Today the Fourth Circuit issued an order preventing imminent tree cutting by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on “The Wilderness,” a 1,000-acre farm listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has issued a “stay pending appeal” staying an earlier decision from the United States District Court for the Western District » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Advocates for Clean Air and Water Seek Stay on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Pending Court Decision

    RICHMOND, VA — Today, a coalition of environmental advocates filed two requests to stop construction of the controversial fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) in the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. The first is a motion to stay construction pending the court’s decision on the merits in an existing case for which the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Clean Water Advocates Ask Judges to Halt Fracked Gas Pipeline

    RICHMOND, VA — Today, a coalition asked the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to order Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to stay out of West Virginia streams until a decision is made on their appeal from last week. The groups made the request today because MVP is ineligible to use the streamlined stream crossing permit offered to it by » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Clean Water Advocates Challenge Army Corps of Engineers on Fracked Gas Pipeline Water Quality Review

    RICHMOND, VA — Today, a coalition of clean water advocates filed a suit contending the United States Army Corps of Engineers improperly issued a crucial permit for the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline. Under section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the Army Corps is charged with issuing a permit for the pipelines’ stream crossings that allows the project’s » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • County Board once again tables pipeline permit

    Earlier this week, Appalmad wrote to the Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals on behalf of Augusta County residents concerned about a 34-acre laydown yard that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline wants to operate in the County’s agricultural district.

    At today’s hearing on that proposal, the Board agreed that ACP failed to demonstrate the laydown yard would be safe and consistent » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • FERC Faces Legal Challenge Over ACP Decision

    Charlottesville, VA— Appalachian Mountain Advocates and the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a challenge in federal court on behalf of 11 conservation groups challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to permit the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

    FERC’s decision to give the pipeline the go ahead was accompanied by a strong dissent from commissioner Cheryl LaFleur who critiqued her own agency » Continue Reading. Continue reading

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