The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated on December 13 the U.S. Forest Service’s approval for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) to cross two national forests and the Appalachian Trail. The Court’s 60-page opinion came on a case brought by several ABRA members and others that was argued on September 28 (see ABRA Update #200 for details).
- – The Recorder – 12/13/18
A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond heard arguments last Friday, September 28, on two important cases challenging permits granted to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The first case challenged the December 13 decision by the Virginia State Water Control Board to grant a water quality certificate for the ACP (pursuant to requirements of Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act).
- – Richmond Times-Dispatch – 10/1/18
- – Richmond Times-Dispatch – 9/28/18
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit this week ordered a stay of the Special Use Permit that had been issued by the U.S. Forest Service for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The September 24 Order was the third time in four months that the Fourth Circuit has vacated or stayed federal authorization for the ACP.
Two rulemaking proposals published September 13 in the Federal Register would open national forests to increased energy and minerals extractions. The first advanced notice of proposed rule-making, seeks to “expedite energy-related projects by streamlining internal processes related to environmental review and permitting.
- – E&E News – 9/12/18
- – The Record Delta – 8/23/18
U.S. Forest Service’s (NFS) decision to permit the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to cross the Jefferson National Forest was vacated on July 27 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in a strongly worded rebuke of the agency’s process in approving a permit for the project.