The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued September 4 a new Biological Opinion (BiOp) and Incidental Take Statement (ITC) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. An earlier BiOp and ITC had been subject to legal challenges in 2019. The process of writing a new BiOp and ITC has been proceeding for an extended period.
Sixty-Four conservation organizations, including ABRA and several of its members, filed comments on September 3 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service in response to a proposal by the two agencies to define “habitat” in the regulations governing the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
- – The Roanoke Times – 9/4/20
- – E&E News – 8/19/20
Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc. filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on June 22 a new Biological Assessment (BA) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), but designated the information as “privileged and confidential” and thus not available to the public.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC’s has contended to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that bat surveys it conducted in 2015 should be considered “current.” This contention was challenged in an April 2 letter to FERC by the Southern Environmental Law Center.
- – The Recorder – 4/9/20
The 2015 listing of the northern long-eared bat as “threatened” rather than “endangered” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has been rejected by U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The January 28 decision by the Court,
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has requested in a February 10 letter that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) reinitiate formal consultation with Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (ACP, LLC) to develop a new Biological Opinion (BO) and Incidental Take Statement (ITS) on the company’s proposed pipeline.
- – The Recorder – 2/13/20