West Virginia on Friday granted a key permit for the construction of a controversial pipeline stretching for more than 300 miles into Virginia.
The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) granted a water protection permit for the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), certifying the natural gas pipeline has met state standards for water quality.
The news follows Virginia's certification of a water quality permit for the project earlier this month, but that move is being challenged at the U.S. 4th Circuit Court.
The $3 billion to $6.2 billion project comes from multiple companies, including Equitrans Midstream. It's expected to be built in 2022.