Pipeline opponents say fight will continue despite FERC certification

Published: Oct. 16, 2017 at 7:20 PM EDT
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Opposition to controversial natural gas pipeline projects won't end with Friday's approval by federal regulators.

Landowners in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the use of eminent domain.

And Roanoke Attorney Justin Lugar says certification by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shouldn't affect their case.

"While some people may care more about the environment than others, and some people may want to have natural gas at their house, and that's a completely reasonable thing to want to do, we have to be very careful as a society making sure that the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, is followed," Lugar told WDBJ7.

It's still unclear when a hearing on the landowners' lawsuit will be scheduled.

Monday morning, Senator Tim Kaine also noted the pipeline project still requires approval from other agencies, including the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Forest Service.