Environmental groups sue FERC over Mountain Valley approval

Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline gather near the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway on...
Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline gather near the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway on July 27 to protest wetland surveys.(WHSV)
Published: Jan. 9, 2018 at 3:46 PM EST
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A coalition of environmental groups is suing federal regulators over their

, which would carry natural gas across West Virginia and Virginia.

The lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was filed late Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. It challenges the commission's 2-1 decision to grant what's called a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the

.

The lawsuit argues in part that FERC didn't do enough to establish the true need for the pipeline.

Attorneys for Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed the litigation on behalf of five environmental groups. They also filed a motion seeking a stay on the start of pipeline construction.

A message left with a FERC spokeswoman seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.