Appeal of Forest Service Case Scheduled for Supreme Court Argument

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that the appeal of the case vacating the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s (ACP) permit from the U.S. Forest Service to build across Forest Service land is scheduled for oral argument on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 10 am.

New Study: Environment Agencies’ Staff, Budget Cuts Endanger Public Health

A new analysis released December 5 by the Environmental Integrity Project, a watchdog group, concluded that over the past decade, 40 states reduced the workforce of their environmental agencies and 30 states cut their pollution control agency’s budget. 

Briefing Schedule Set for Appeal of Forest Service Case to Supreme Court

Initial briefs in the Cowpasture River Preservation Association, et. al. v. Forest Service are due to be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by the petitioners – U.S. Forest Service and Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC – on December 2.

New Alternative Energy Advances Announced

Several new developments have been announced over the past week that advance the wider applicability of alternative energy sources as a replacement for fossil fuel sources.

  • Solar Energy Breakthrough – Heliogen, a solar start-up funded by billionaire Bill Gates,

Who is ABRA? Friends of Nelson

This is another in a series of profiles of the member groups of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance.

Friends of Nelson

In May 2014, shortly after Dominion Energy announced its plan to build a natural gas pipeline through Nelson County,

Duke Energy Projects ACP to be Operational in 2022

Lynn Good, Chairman and CEO of Duke Energy, says that the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) will be completed “in late 2021 with full-in service in the first half of 2022,” according to a transcript of the company’s third quarter earnings conference call with investment analysts on November 8. 

Appalachian Headwaters: Healing Environmental Degradation

This is the first in a series of periodic profiles of programs and activities that seek to protect, enrich and restore the natural resources of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge region.

 The damage to the ecosystems of the central Appalachian region from coal mining and the absence too often of successful reclamation has long been a blight on much of the Appalachian region. 

Legal Challenges Against the ACP: A Quick Rundown

Construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) was suspended last December due to the vacating of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biological opinion and taking statement for the project. There are other permits for the ACP that have either been invalidated by court decisions or are being challenged. 

New Virginia Legislature Promises to Be More Conservation Friendly

Initial analysis of the November 5 state legislative election results in Virginia suggest that the General Assembly that takes office in January will be more favorable to conservation-minded issues.  A good number of the newly elected members are on record as being against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and favorable to conservation positions taken by many of ABRA’s members. 

UK Government Suspends Support for Fracking

The Government of the United Kingdom last week announced it was ending support for the use of hydraulic fracturing technology to extract oil and gas from shale deposits.  The decision was based on a new report by the UK Oil and Gas Authority,