Questions on MVP’s environmental impact continue in the courts

Challenges to the environmental impacts of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) have continued in the past week in two federal court proceedings.

On April 1, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals refused an appeal by the pipeline’s owners to reconsider before the full Court the January 25 decision by a three-judge panel to strike down the Biological Opinion issued for the MVP by the U.S.

Pipeline bills progress in the Virginia General Assembly

Two measures designed to improve state oversight of natural gas pipelines have now passed the Virginia Senate and are headed for floor consideration in the House of Delegates.

  • SB1265, sponsored by Sen. Deeds, authorizes the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to conduct inspections of land-disturbing activities related to construction of any natural gas transmission pipeline equal to or greater than 24 inches inside diameter.