Suzanne Ferraro’s First blog September 18-20: Read The Virginia Way & US. Supreme Court’s Ruling in Mountain Valley Pipeline v. The Wilderness Society et al. (2023)

In the reading, I thought that it was interesting because it talks about the various environmental and legal challenges. First, I was unaware that you can trespass on your property. Second, I was informed that there are very careful legal decisions, such as the Virginia legislature passing laws in 2004 to help take away property from individuals for the benefit of utilities and corporations. I am surprised that gas companies can enter property without permission in Virginia. The article shows that our environmental protections depend on the involvement of people like Red Terry and environmental organizations. Without them, our natural resources will be changed for corporations’ and legislators’ greed. The number of pollution violations also stood out.

Concerning the second article on corporate power, I thought it was interesting that Dominion was a government electric company held within a private natural gas corporation. However, the government compelled more than two and a half million homes and businesses to buy electricity only from Dominion, which the government guaranteed a rate of return of about 10 percent.

Lastly, I thought the Supreme Court case between Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Wilderness Society was very complex. I don’t quite see how the Supreme Court vacated the lower court’s ruling, allowing construction to proceed. Overall, I understand that the pipeline was almost complete. Still, the decision seems political because it discusses the court appeals having no authority to issue the stay orders on constructing the Mountain Valley Pipeline challenges. After all, Congress ratified the agency’s action. I was surprised that this case happened in June and July  of this year.

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