PITTSBURGH — The Mountain Valley Pipeline on Monday received a key approval from the U.S. Forest Service over its plans to cross the Jefferson National Forest, but activists fighting the 303-mile natural gas pipeline have filed a petition to stop it.
A record of decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture was issued Monday, which would allow MVP a right-of-way to cross the federally owned lands. It was the second time a record of decision had been made. The first, in December 2017, was vacated by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals less than a year later. MVP had begun a 1.8-mile stretch of the pipeline and had cleared some trees around it before having to stop work.
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