Time for FERC, Congress to Slap States into Line re Pipe Refusals

West Virginia Dept. of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) capricious decision to yank a permit it previously granted for the Mountain Valley Pipeline is “the last straw” according to the legal beagles at the Blank Rome law firm. Last week WVDEP, under pressure in a lawsuit brought by the radical Sierra Club, decided to revoke a previously granted water crossing permit (see Trouble for Mountain Valley Pipe: WV DEP Withdraws Water Permit). The corrupt New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation is now making a habit of refusing these types of permits for projects in our beloved home state–so far refusing permits for the Constitution Pipeline, Millennium Pipeline, and Northern Access Pipeline projects. Given this recent activism by state agencies, the lawyers at Blank Rome say it is now time for both the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Congress to act, to “stem this overreach by States.” In our words, it’s time to slap the states back into line. They lay out a case to do so…

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