Pipeline Protest

Environmental groups protest against the proposed 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline at a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission meeting Thursday in Chatham. (Archived May 8, 2015)

A federal appeals court yesterday rejected the latest legal effort by multiple environmental groups to halt work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia with a proposed endpoint in Chatham.

The Roanoke Times first reported that the Sierra Club and other groups posited that two protected fish species, theĀ Roanoke logperch and the candy darter, would be pushed toward extinction if the pipeline came to fruition.

The groups reportedly also argued thatĀ the Indiana and northern long-eared bats would be at risk due to habitat destruction.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday let stand their previous adjudication that construction of the 300-mile pipeline would not pose any risk to wildlife along the route.

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