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Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over its approval of a pipeline slated to supply methane gas to a new Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) power plant in Middle Tennessee.

Anita Wadhwani reports for Tennessee Lookout.


In short:

  • The Sierra Club and Appalachian Voices are challenging FERC's approval of the 32-mile pipeline, citing risks to communities and natural resources along the route.
  • The controversial pipeline will supply methane gas to a TVA plant, one of several gas-powered plants TVA has proposed, despite environmental criticism.
  • The pipeline's route will impact predominantly poor or Black communities, and environmentalists warn of higher energy costs and climate damage.

Key quote:

“FERC is supposed to safeguard the public interest, not rubberstamp unnecessary pipeline projects that will harm our communities, hurt the climate, and contribute to higher power bills.”

— Spencer Gall, senior attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center

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Environmental groups argue that such projects exacerbate climate change and lead to health and financial burdens for already vulnerable communities. Read more: Protesting oil and gas pipeline development harms mental health and creates distrust in government.

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