The challenge to the Federal Energy Commission’s (FERC) approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline been scheduled for oral argument on October 16 before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The plaintiffs are 14 conservation groups, including several ABRA members, that are represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Appalachian Mountain Advocates.
A petition filed this week with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) requests that the agency revoke the 401-certification granted to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In its August 13 letter to NCDEQ, Friends of the Earth and the NC Climate Solutions Network state:
Facts we have discovered since January of 2018 show significant adverse impact to the largest community of American Indians east of the Mississippi River from the construction and operation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and projects dependent upon it.
A proposal by the U.S. Forest Service (NFS) would severely limit the opportunities for
the public to comment on environmental analysis conducted by the agency in accordance with
requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). The proposed public
comment restriction is part of a proposed rule by the NFS “to increase efficiency in its
environmental analysis.” Public comments on the proposed rule are due August 12.
- – The News & Advance – 8/4/19
- – WV News – 8/1/19
- – Public Radio international – 7/31/19
- – Financial Times – 8/4/19
The Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals on July 26 struck down the latest permit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) had issued for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The issue arose from a requirement in the Endangered Species Act that (quoting from the decision) “the proposed pipeline will not jeopardize the continued existence of several endangered and threatened species that are likely to be impacted by pipeline construction.
- – Richmond Times-Dispatch – 7/26/19
- – The Recorder – 8/01/19