An important step forward for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Monday brought a major milestone for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline team.
The ACP and the Government stood in front of the Supreme Court to present their case that the Appalachian Trail crossing in question is U.S. Forest Service land. We are hopeful the Supreme Court will overturn the lower court’s ruling and uphold the longstanding precedent allowing crossings for this kind of necessary infrastructure. A positive decision will help us resume construction this summer, to be completed by the end of 2021 and in-service shortly thereafter.
We remain confident the law and the facts are on our side. Plus, the U.S. Solicitor General, 18 state Attorneys General, more than 60 members of Congress, 17 forestry associations, and dozens of industry and labor organizations all agree that the Forest Service has the authority to approve our Appalachian Trail crossing.
Read more from the New York Times’ coverage of the oral arguments, or watch WV Attorney General Morrisey’s press conference in support of the case.
Environmental stewardship of the lands the pipeline traverses has been a top priority since day one. The ACP will join more than 50 other pipelines already crossing underneath the Appalachian Trail without disturbing its public use. By installing the pipeline 600 feet or more below the surface and more than a half-mile from each side, people hiking by the crossing will not see, hear or even know the pipeline is there.
The ACP is more important now than ever as we address chronic shortages of gas in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and eastern North Carolina, and as we move away from coal and toward more renewables in the region. It will support home heating, military bases and businesses, and help to make our region’s energy cleaner.