Mountain Valley Pipeline Won’t Impact Wildlife

September 9, 2020
Pipeline running along the land.

Construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, should it continue, is not likely to jeopardize the plant and animal wildlife, a long-awaited federal authorization has concluded. 

After a legal challenge was filed by Wild Virginia and six other environmental groups last August, a federal appeals court stayed the original opinion. Following a nearly year-long reconsideration, the Fish and Wildlife Service released a 226-page opinion that found the massive project would not jeopardize protected species. 

Friday’s release of the biological opinion “exceeds regulatory requirements, protects natural resources and habitats, and provides a path forward for completion of this important infrastructure projects,” a company spokeswoman wrote in an email. 

However, new legal challenges are likely for any authorizations given to the controversial 303-mile pipeline, which will transport natural gas at high pressure from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern parts of the country.