Crucial Legal Decisions Expected in Coming Months

Construction activity on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was suspended several months ago as the result of a stay from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding a successful challenge to the endangered species biological opinion that had been issued by the U.S.

ACP Appeals Forest Service Decision to U.S. Supreme Court

Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (ACP, LLC) on June 25 filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to review the December 13, 2018 decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that said the U.S.

SELC Comments to Forest Service on Appalachian Trail Issue

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) wrote the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) on June 24 regarding the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ December 18 decision that the USFS lacked the authority to grant a right-of-way for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) to cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST). 

Complaint Filed with FERC Over MVP Violations, Water Board Action Sought

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been asked to revoke the certificate of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in a Formal Complaint filed June 21 by Wild Virginia, Preserve Craig, Indian Creek Watershed Association and two private landowners. 

FERC and ACP, LLC File Response Briefs in Challenge to ACP Certificate

The lawsuit challenging the certificate of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) moved a step closer to being considered by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals with the filing of response briefs by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), on June 18,

Public Meeting: Friends of Nelson – June 30, 6pm – Lovingston

Mountain Valley Pipeline Proposes Land Swap to Cross Appalachian Trail

EQM Midstream Partners (EQM), principal owner of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project, has proposed a land swap with the federal government to allow the MVP to cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Trail).  The proposal was revealed in a June 17 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SCC)

Pipeline Safety Hearing Highlights Regulatory Shortcomings

“A major, overarching problem with the federal pipeline safety program is that it takes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) too long to finalize Congressional mandates.” So stated Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee at a June 19 hearing before the group’s Energy Subcommittee to address “Legislative Solutions to Make Our Nation’s Pipelines Safer.”

The hearing focused on two legislative proposals:

  • Discussion Draft: The Safer Pipelines Act of 2019
  • 2139: The Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Act

During the hearing,

New Studies Warn of Rising Methane Levels in Atmosphere

Two new studies have been released in recent weeks that warn of the increasing dangers of rising methane levels in the atmosphere and express concern that the circumstance undermine the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate. This information is relevant for all who are concerned about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline since over 90% of natural gas transmitted by pipelines is methane,

Dem Senators Press FERC on Energy Storage Requirements

Thirteen Democrat U.S. Senators wrote the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this week urging that agency to keep working to ensure that electric utility grid operators fully integrate energy storage options into their markets. The June 18 letter was spearheaded by Sen.