On May 16 U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s bid to delay a lawsuit brought by environmental groups against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. FERC had asked to delay the lawsuit until it concluded its own rehearing process. FERC made the motion to delay in February, asking that the case challenging the FERC certificate of public convenience and necessity for the MVP be held in abeyance, allowing FERC to address the “numerous and complex matters” raised by environmentalists and landowners in their requests for rehearing. (The FERC process could take many months.)
“FERC should not be allowed to use tolling orders and other delay tactics to block court challenges even as it allows companies like Mountain Valley to move forward with pipeline construction,” Sierra Club attorney Elly Benson said in a statement. “The people and communities that would be affected by this fracked gas project deserve a comprehensive review process that fully examines the threats posed to them and the environment.”
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