Who’s on First? – A Round-up of Legal Challenges to the ACP

The lawsuit challenging the FERC certificate for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) has finally been scheduled for briefs to be filed by April 5.  The suit, which was filed August 16 with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals but was re-assigned to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals,

West Virginia House of Delegates Condemns Those Opposing the ACP

The lead article in the March 7 ABRA Update reported that the Rules Committee of the West Virginia House of Delegates had approved a resolution (House Resolution 11) condemning “assaults on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and other urgently needed energy infrastructure projects.” 

Resolution Condemning ACP Foes Progresses in WV House of Delegates

A resolution condemning the “assaults on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline” (ACP) from citizen groups was approved by the Rules Committee of the West Virginia House of Delegates on March 6.  The proposal was tentatively scheduled for a floor vote before all 100 members of the House of Delegates on March 7 (at this writing had not been taken up). 

Investment Community Beginning to Question Viability of ACP and MVP

Over the past week over 100 news articles regarding increasing questions in the financial community about the viability of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), as well as the Mountain Valley Pipeline, have come to ABRA’s attention.  Typical of the comments was one from an analyst writing in Forbes on March 7: “Investors can no longer be entirely sanguine about the possibility that one or both of these projects could be abandoned.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on March 4 that Moody’s Investor Service had rated the ACP “credit negative” because of mounting costs and uncertainty over the project in the wake of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision not to review a December decision to vacate the U.S.

Fourth Circuit Denies Review Hearing for ACP in Forest Service Case

An appeal by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (ACP, LLC) for a rehearing of the December 13. 2018 decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate the U.S. Forest Service permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) was rejected on February 25

Virginia Water Board Urged to Revoke MVP Water Certification

Attorneys representing 10 local, state and regional organizations sent a letter on February 28 to the members of the Virginia State Water Control Board, urging the Board to start promptly a process to revoke the water quality certification issued for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

New Presentation Illustrates the Environmental Folly of the ACP

ABRA’s Pipeline CSI program has developed a new slide presentation describing the unavoidable impact of the ACP on water resources and the failure of regulatory oversight. The presentation, Pending Construction of the ACP in the Virginia Mountains:  Empty Assurances, compares government and company promises with the realities of environmental review and enforcement and the record of ACP construction in West Virginia.

ACP Attempt to Expand Stabilization Activities Challenged

A February 11 request by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (ACP, LLC) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to authorize additional stabilization measures for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline – including new trenching – has been challenged by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC),

Standing Room Only for “Moral Call for Ecological Justice”

Over 1,000 persons gathered February 19 in Buckingham, VA to hear Rev. William Barber and
former Vice President Al Gore at the “Moral Call for Ecological Justice.” A video of the event
can be viewed by clicking here.

Why the ACP Challenges the Central Appalachian Ecology

Recent weekly environmental monitoring reports issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of construction problems of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline illustrate the significant environmental difficulties being encountered by the project.  The photos below, taken after rains in Upshur County,