The Appalachia Storage and Trading Hub, which would store natural gas liquids, cleared the first of two application phases for a $1.9 billion loan from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Environmental groups and an order of nuns are challenging the controversial pipeline in Pennsylvania.
Two North Carolina nonprofit organizations face $98 million bond that would bar their legal challenge against Duke Energy’s proposed gas-fired power plant near Asheville.
Fracked from the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations, a surplus of natural gas could surge into Virginia and North Carolina if new pipelines and infrastructure projects are approved. Citizens and economic experts are raising questions about how steep a toll — both financially and environmentally — these investments in natural gas will take.