A new rule that would significantly limit the protections for endangered and threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was announced August 12 by the Trump Administration. The rule, originally proposed in July 2018, will go into effect 30-days after it is published in the Federal Register (as of August 15,
- – News Leader – 8/15/19
- – The Roanoke Times – 8/12/19
Construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) should be prohibited because of the
July 26 decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate the biological opinion
(BiOp)and incidental take statement (ITC) issued by the U.S.
- – The Recorder – 8/8/19
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
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.