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Supreme Court allows construction of Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline to resume

The deicision vacates the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' previous stay on the pipeline.

Published: July 27, 2023 1:27pm

Updated: July 27, 2023 2:00pm

The United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Mountain Valley Pipeline may resume construction.

The ruling vacates a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision earlier this month that halted the completion of the pipeline and called for a review of authorizations by the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service for the pipeline to be finished.

On July 14th, SCOTUS was presented with the Mountain Valley case, wherein justices were asked to overrule "extraordinary" orders by the 4th Circuit to prevent the project from moving forward, according to SCOTUSblog.

According to Reuters, the $6.6 billion fossil fuel project was supposed to be finished the same year construction began in 2018, but is one of the many like it to face delays and calls to be shut down altogether.

The natural gas pipeline, when completed, would extend 300 miles from southern Virginia to northwest West Virginia.

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