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Conservation Groups File Request for Emergency Stay of FERC Approvals on Mountain Valley Pipeline

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From Wild Virginia:

On January 29, 2021, conservation groups filed a request in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, asking the court to stay three orders the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued for the Mountain Valley Pipeline in the last two months (attached). The groups are asking the court to stay all new construction on the pipeline and to act on the motion by February 22, 2021, to head off further destruction by MVP.

On behalf of Wild Virginia:
We are asking the Court to grant the kind of protection for our people and our precious mountains and streams that FERC has repeatedly denied us. FERC has downplayed gross environmental violations and damages caused by MVP, blithely asserting that supposed safeguards that have failed over and over again will somehow work in the future. The Commission also refused to acknowledge drastic changes in energy markets that further prove what we asserted from the start – that this pipeline is designed to enrich stockholders, not to meet the needs of the public. And based on that flawed needs assessment, the profit-making corporations have been given the intrusive tool of eminent domain, to take private property rights against the will of people all along the pipeline’s path.

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