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Enviros argue that pipelines under Appalachian NST need approval from Congress, not just USFS

Any gas pipelines that cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail or the Blue Ridge Parkway need to be approved by Congress, not simply the U.S. Forest Service, according to an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by former National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, the trail's former superintendent, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is one of two pipeline projects -- the other is the Mountain Valley Pipeline -- that would thread through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Those two projects would require nearly 1,000 miles of pipeline along with a number of compressor stations.

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