In the wake of a judge’s decision to pause use of a broadly permissive U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for energy projects near water sources, developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline proposed drilling under the Roanoke River, according to a report in the Roanoke Times. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the workaround. Somehow this enables the project to sidestep the sort of comprehensive environmental review the Corps permit now requires. Under its current leadership, FERC has yet to see a pipeline proposal it doesn’t like. Status: Approved. Pipeline developers say this portion of the pipeline can be complete in 90 days.