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Key U.S. Natural Gas Pipeline in Doubt After Court Ruling

  • Pipeline operator Equitrans falls most since March 2020
  • Decision may cause further delays to the embattled project
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A major U.S. natural gas pipeline project that’s crucial for shale drillers in the Appalachians is now in doubt after a court rejected its permit to cross a national forest in the Virginias. 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday tossed the federal government’s approval for Equitrans Midstream Corp.’s $6.2 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline to go through Jefferson National Forest, sending the shares of the company slumping the most since March 2020.