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Gas pipeline gets new permit to build in Appalachian national forest


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has reissued approval to build a controversial natural gas pipeline through national forest land in Virginia and West Virginia. That’s despite past federal appeals court rulings determining developers had “inadequately considered” environmental impacts. Monday’s decision will allow for construction of the $6.6 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline across a 3.5-mile corridor of the national forest. In previous litigation, the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals twice vacated U.S. Forest Service decisions allowing for the pipeline in the Jefferson National Forest. Environmental groups say the decision means groups like hers have “no choice” but to go back to court.

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