A coalition of environmental groups took legal action on July 8 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to halt the start of construction of the fracked-gas Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), challenging the “certificate of public convenience and necessity” issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Attorneys for Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed the litigation on behalf of the Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, and Wild Virginia. The groups also filed a motion to stay the start of construction given the tremendous harmful impacts posed by the 300-mile, 42-inch diameter pipeline.
Among the main arguments in the group’s lawsuit are:
- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) lacked sufficient evidence of market demand to support a finding of public convenience and necessity.
- FERC violated the National Environmental Protection Act by failing to evaluate reasonable alternatives to the MVP and by failing to adequately analyze the MVP’s climate impacts.