June 01, 2019

Fourth Circuit, Cowpasture, and the Appalachian Trail

Thomas C. Jensen and Sandi Snodgrass

A decade ago, one would be hard pressed to find more than a handful of federal court decisions involving challenges to agency approvals of interstate oil and natural gas pipelines. Times have surely changed. As environmental groups campaign aggressively to stop construction of all fossil-fuel pipelines, two projects planned to bring Marcellus- and Utica-field natural gas from West Virginia and Pennsylvania to East Coast markets have begun claiming the headline space previously dominated by Keystone XL and Dakota Access. The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project are making news and making law.

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