"Mountain Valley Pipeline Turns To Supreme Court"

"The Supreme Court may soon step into a legal brawl over whether Congress violated the Constitution when it passed a law ensuring completion of the Mountain Valley pipeline — a fight that could have important implications for the power of the judiciary.

On Friday, the lead developer of the contentious Mountain Valley pipeline filed an emergency application asking the justices to undo orders from a lower court that froze construction of the project designed to bring natural gas 303 miles from West Virginia to southern Virginia.

The key question before the justices is whether the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had the power to take action against the pipeline following the passage of a debt ceiling deal provision that stripped the judicial branch of jurisdiction over the project. Mountain Valley developers say the 4th Circuit was clearly in the wrong."

Niina H. Farah reports for E&E News July 17, 2023.

Source: E&E News, 07/18/2023