Manchin Side Deal Would Fast-Track Controversial Pipeline

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which was signed into law by President Joe Biden on August 16, is the biggest investment the U.S. government has made to date in fighting the climate crisis. Yet in order to persuade West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin to support the landmark legislation, party leaders made a side deal with the pro-fossil-fuel Senator to pass additional legislation facilitating the permitting process for energy projects, including the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

The Mountain Valley Pipeline would carry fracked natural gas 303 miles through West Virginia and Virginia, according to the project website. Construction began in 2018, but the pipeline has racked up at least 350 water quality violations, faced numerous protests and legal hurdles and is now both over budget and behind schedule, according to Appalachian Voices. The numerous delays meant that pipeline opponents felt they had succeeded in shutting it down. Until now.

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