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Feds reject consolidated review of pipeline projects

ROANOKE, Va. — Federal regulators have rejected a request to assess the overall environmental impact of several proposed multistate natural gas pipelines.

A coalition of pipeline opponents had sought the review. They argued that individual assessments would be piecemeal and conducted in a vacuum.

The Roanoke Times reports that Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Norman Bay informed U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte of the commission’s decision in a recent letter. Bay said it wouldn’t be appropriate to prepare an environmental impact statement for the Mountain Valley Pipeline that would consider other pipeline projects affecting Virginia and West Virginia.

Blue Ridge Land Conservancy executive director David Perry said the FERC previously rejected requests for additional opportunities for public input on the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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