West Virginia lifts suspension of Mountain Valley Pipeline permit

West Virginia environmental regulators have lifted their suspension of a permit for building the Mountain Valley Pipeline that would carry natural gas down the center of West Virginia to Virginia, reports the Associated Press. The news service says West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had issued the water quality certification permit in March 2017, but vacated its approval in September to re-evaluate the application and determine whether it complied with the federal Clean Water Act. DEP Secretary Austin Caperton said as a result of that action, stronger safeguards for West Virginia waterways are now in place.

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