Supreme Court Issues Order Allowing Work to Resume on West Virginia Gas Pipe

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Supreme Court Issues Order Allowing Work to Resume on West Virginia Gas Pipe

By Jack Phillips, The Epoch Times, July 27, 2023:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday allowed Equitrans Midstream Corp. to resume the building of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, granting what some described as a win for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) by lifting a lower-court order that blocked work on the project.

In a brief order (pdf), the high court suggested that it would possibly consider lawsuits issued by environmental groups. “Although the Court does not reach applicant’s suggestion that it treat the application as a petition for a writ of mandamus at this time, that determination is without prejudice to further consideration in light of subsequent developments,” it said.

“The application to vacate stays presented to The Chief Justice and by him referred to the Court is granted,” the Supreme Court added. It did not provide any explanation for why it decided to allow the firm to continue construction on the pipeline.

Thursday’s Supreme Court decision, meanwhile, was a loss for the Wilderness Society and other environmental groups that sought an injunction to halt construction. Those groups argued in court that the Mountain Valley Pipeline construction would negatively impact endangered species and said that the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management violated environmental statutes by approving its construction.

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