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Morrisey Backs Mountain Valley Pipeline In Supreme Court Brief

Gray-hair man in a suit with a red tie stands behind a podium.
Patrick Morrisey
West Virginia Attorney General's Office

West Virginia’s Attorney General has joined the chorus of state officials supporting the Mountain Valley Pipeline in its latest court challenge.

The office of Patrick Morrisey submitted a 31-page brief to the U.S. Supreme Court urging the resumption of construction on the natural gas pipeline “without more delay.”

The 300-mile pipeline’s builders asked the Supreme Court to intervene after the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals once again blocked construction on the project.

Morrisey argues that Congress authorized all outstanding federal permits for the pipeline in the Fiscal Responsibility Act, which lawmakers enacted last month.

He also said Congress required any further judicial review of the project to take place in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rather than the Fourth Circuit.

U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin and Reps. Carol Miller and Alex Mooney submitted briefs in support of the pipeline. Gov. Jim Justice last week said he would do so.