June 15, 2020 / 2:37 PM / 22 days ago

U.S. Supreme Court rules for pipeline in Appalachian Trail dispute

WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) - Ruling against environmentalists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided that the federal government has the authority to allow a proposed $7.5 billion natural gas pipeline to cross under the popular Appalachian Trail in rural Virginia.

The 7-2 ruling was a victory for Dominion Energy Inc and President Donald Trump’s administration, both of which appealed a lower court ruling that halted construction of the 600-mile (965-km) Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would run from West Virginia to North Carolina. The decision removes one of several obstacles facing the project. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

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