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Supreme Court Allows Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction to Continue

Supreme Court Allows Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction to Continue

Environmentalists are mad.

SCOTUS vacated the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals stay orders against the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) construction.

The order means the MVP construction can continue. It is a 300-mile-long pipeline that will carry “gas from West Virginia’s Marcellus and Utica shale areas to Virginia.”

The environmentalists flipped out because the pipeline would cross “waterways and federal national forest lands.”

The unsigned order states:

The application to vacate stays presented to The Chief Justice and by him referred to the Court is granted. The July 10, 2023 stay orders of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, case Nos. 23-1592 and 23-1594, and the July 11, 2023 stay order of the Fourth Circuit, case No. 23-1384, are hereby vacated. Although the Court does not reach applicant’s suggestion that it treat the application as a petition for a writ of mandamus at this time, that determination is without prejudice to further consideration in light of subsequent developments.

The decision is a huge blow to environmentalist groups. The 4th Circuit sided with the plaintiffs Wilderness Society and Appalachian Voices.

Surprisingly, the Biden administration opposed the 4th Circuit ruling:

“Whatever benefit respondents or the court of appeals might believe would be gained by having the agencies again reconsider the challenged actions, Congress has determined that further reconsideration is unwarranted and has prioritized MVP’s ‘timely’ completion over interests addressed by any other federal statutes,” the Department of Justice wrote in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court last week.

“That judgment is for Congress alone,” the brief continued.

MVP could bring in “$40 million in new tax revenue for West Virginia, $10 million in new tax revenue for Virginia and up to $250 million in royalties for West Virginia landowners.”

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is happy: “The Supreme Court has spoken and this decision to let construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline move forward again is the correct one. I am relieved that the highest court in the land has upheld the law Congress passed and the President signed.”


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UnCivilServant | July 28, 2023 at 7:27 am

Can we now bill the environmentalists for the costs of the delays and legal fees? Plus penalties for their lawfare.

JackinSilverSpring | July 28, 2023 at 7:28 am

The 4th Circuit is to the East coast what the 9th Circuit is to the West. Good to see it overruled by the Supreme Court.

A: The world is energy hungry and will use everything it can find.

B: The energy used must be cheap in order to not destroy the world’s economy.

C: Is there any rational person out there that really thinks that absent a pipeline we’ll just leave this gas in the ground?

D: Explain the rationale of banning a pipeline only to force transport by truck or rail. Pipelines are far less expensive, far more safe, and with far fewer leaks.

Conclusion: Those attempting to block this pipeline are ideologue idiots who are completely out of touch with reality.

The Fourth Circuit is the CNN of federal jurists.

Surprisingly, the Biden administration opposed the 4th Circuit ruling:

Not all that surprising. Gotta keep Machin happy.

“Environmentalists are mad”. Always have been. They are touchy about who and how their religion is besmirched.

Dolce Far Niente | July 28, 2023 at 10:30 am

Pipelines have an extremely small footprint when under construction (about the same as building a ranch road or cutting the brush under a powerline) and virtually none when completed. They are inspected regularly and pipeline leaks are rare.

Its not the pipeline or damage to the environment thee climate hysterics are concerned with; its their continued ability to force you out of your fat American lifestyle.

    One thing some people don’t comprehend, I think, is that a pipeline leak isn’t just damage to the environment. It’s also loss of the salable item to the company sending it and the one receiving it.

    While environmental regulations are carefully observed, a YUGE reason to inspect pipelines and prevent them from leaking is to prevent loss of revenue. Take all those old “How much water you waste with a 1 drip per second leak” ads and multiply that 1/2 inch pipe by a factor of something like 10,000 or 1 million. They have a vested interest in ensuring no leaks happen.

      Hodge in reply to GWB. | July 28, 2023 at 11:30 am

      Another “one drip per second question” – assuming that the number of trucks necessary to transport the same amount of oil as the pipeline are used in the calculation, how much oil drips or leaks from those trucks over the course of year? Would it be or less that the pipeline?

E Howard Hunt | July 28, 2023 at 11:00 am

The environmentalists wanted the oil transported by Elon Musk’s new teleportation machine – the Oil X.

“Environmentalists are mad.”

One instance in which the word “mad” is more appropriate than the word “angry”.

We aren’t supposed to be governed by bureaucrats and administrators.

Um, as the article says, it’s a GAS pipeline. The issue of competing railroads in the area is irrelevant, unless there’s one out there moving LNG, and I don’t think so.

In Texas, The First Green Church of Gaia harps about natural gas flaring, but fights pipeline consturction needed to move gas to market where it can be used. It’s not about anything more than sating a cultish need for self-affirmation that their stupidity is somehow “saving the planet, man.”