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Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction Can Proceed, Federal Agency Says

An aerial photo of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The unfinished project is seen in a trench in the middle of a green forest.
An aerial photo of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
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The Mountain Valley Pipeline has permission from federal regulators to finish the project.

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden signed a bill to raise the nation’s borrowing limit that also approved any remaining permits needed to complete the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

The 300-mile natural gas pipeline has been in legal limbo, facing court challenges from environmental groups and landowners.

On Wednesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized construction to resume on a segment through the Jefferson National Forest on the West Virginia-Virginia border.

It also cleared other remaining segments where the pipeline crosses waterways to proceed.

The project is a top priority for both of West Virginia’s U.S. senators, who’d made multiple attempts to include it in legislation.