If the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) decision-making process were a horse race, we might be about to enter the home stretch.  Between now and mid-October, several documents are to be released and actions are expected to be taken that will have a major impact on the future of the ACP.  Below is an overview of what’s coming up. An asterisk (*) indicates further details for that item are available in ABRA Update 137, July 6.

  • July 18 & 20* – Section 401 hearings by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
  • July 21 – Scheduled release by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the ACP.
  • July 20-31 – Estimated time frame when the U.S. Forest Service is expected to release its decision draft on whether to amend the Forest Plans for the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests regarding whether accommodate the ACP route.
  • July 31 and August 1* – Section 401 hearings by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
  • August 4* – End of Section 401 written comment period in West Virginia.
  • August 7, 10 & 14* – Section 401 hearings by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
  • August 22 – End of Section 401 written comment period in Virginia.
  • October 19 – Scheduled deadline for a decision by FERC on the ACP permit application.

Keep your seat belts fastened!

The Next 98 Days
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