The Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed a challenge on January 29 in federal court on behalf of 11 conservation groups challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s October 13 decision to permit the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. FERC’s decision to give the pipeline the go ahead was accompanied by a strong dissent from commissioner Cheryl LaFleur who critiqued her own agency for failing to look behind agreements put forth by utilities meant to skew demand needs and justify unneeded projects.

The lawsuit was filed in the 4th Circuit Court on behalf of Appalachian Voices, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Cowpasture River Preservation Association, Friends of Buckingham, Highlanders for Responsible Development, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, Shenandoah Valley Network, the Sierra Club, Virginia Wilderness Committee, Wild Virginia, and Winyah Rivers Foundation.

A similar lawsuit was filed January 9 against FERC challenging its decision to issue a permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Legal Challenge to FERC ACP Decision Is Filed
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