State AGs File Briefs Backing 4th Circuit on Forest Service Permit Case

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline “threatens Virginia’s resources without clear corresponding benefits,” so stated a brief filed January 22 with the U.S. Supreme Court by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.  The amicus brief was filed as part of the appeal brought by Atlantic Coast Pipeline,

FERC Is Asked to Halt ACP Construction

A new request to halt construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) was made to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a January 14 filing by the Southern Environmental Law Center, Appalachian Mountain Advocates and Chesapeake Bay Foundation on behalf of their respective client groups.

ABRA Members File Brief with DC Circuit on FERC Tolling Order Policy

Several ABRA members were among organizations jointly filing an amicus brief last week in a case before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the practice of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to forestall judicial review of its orders,

New Brief Filed with Supreme Court in Cowpasture Case

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program filed on January 15 a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in response to the briefs filed in December by the U.S. Forest Service and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,

Resolution Would Invite VA Counties, Cities to Join West Virginia

A West Virginia House of Delegates resolution introduced on January 14 would invite Virginia counties or independent cities that are dissatisfied with prospective legislation in the Virginia General Assembly on gun control to leave Virginia and become part of West Virginia.

Top Democrat Energy Staffer Joins Duke Energy as VP

The Democrat Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Sarah Venuto, has been named Vice President of Public Policy for Duke Energy.  She began her duties on January 13.

Ms. Venuto was appointed to the minority staff director position of the Senate Energy Committee in January 2019 after serving for 4 years on the staff of Sen.

ACP Compressor Station Air Permit Vacated by 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s Buckingham compressor station air permit that was granted in January 2019 by the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board.  The 47-page opinion was released on January 7.     

Weakened Environmental Reviews of Pipelines, Other Projects Are Proposed

The White House announced on January 9 a sweeping change in the requirements for reviewing certain infrastructure projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Heralded as a “modernization” of NEPA, which was enacted in 1970, the proposal would make significant revisions in the process by which projects such as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) are reviewed regarding their impact on the environment. 

Dominion Fails to Convince Congress to Address AT Crossing Issue

Efforts by Dominion Energy to convince Congress to approve having the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail have not yielded results.  For most of the past year Dominion has been seeking to have a rider added to other legislation that would,

Methane: A Growing Problem

Leaking methane from natural gas pipelines and other related infrastructure is a much more serious problem than had been previously recognized, according to new studies released in the past week.  ABRA and its members have long argued that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline presented an environmental and safety hazard to the communities through which it would pass due,