- – The Recorder – 12/20/18
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).
- – Virginia Mercury – 12/13/18
- – The Recorder – 12/13/18
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ issuance of a Nationwide 12 Permit to the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) has been held to be invalid by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The November 27 Order from the Court held that Corps’ permit for the MVP violated the Clean Water Act and that the project will likely require an individual permit to cross streams.
- – The National Law Review – 11/28/18
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District’s Nationwide Permit 12 for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) was vacated on October 2 by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. At this time, the court’s action only applies in West Virginia.
A key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) was vacated on August 6 by the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit in a unanimous decision (3-0). The Court declared that the National Park Service’s (NPS) permit authorizing the ACP to cross under the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) and Appalachian National Trail (ANT) was arrived at with improper justification and should be deemed invalid.
- – Southern Environmental Law Center – 8/6/18
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.