Appeals Court Halts Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction in W. Va.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal appeals court has issued a stay that halts some Mountain Valley Pipeline construction in West Virginia.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay Thursday in a case brought by conservation groups that challenged a water-crossings permit.

The Roanoke Times reports company attorneys said in court filings that a stay would delay work on an 80-mile stretch of the natural gas pipeline at a cost of $600 million.

A filing said such a delay would push back completion of the project by at least eight months. It had been scheduled to be in service by the end of the year.

Pipeline spokeswoman Natalie Cox says the team is evaluating options for construction that don’t include stream and wetland crossings along the affected portion of the route.