Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline allowing it to cross underneath the Appalachian Trail. This is a major victory for the project—it paves the way for the ACP to be completed and bring jobs to the region, stimulate the economy and lead us to a cleaner energy future.
Our entire team is thrilled with this outcome. We are currently resolving the other pending permits to ensure the ACP resumes construction this year. The ACP team will continue to work closely with local, state and federal agencies to complete this project with the smallest possible impact on the environment—restoring and even improving the land along the route, as we did with the Allegheny Trail and through our Pollinator Program.
In a statement, partner Dominion Energy discussed the planned route’s crossing of the Appalachian Trail:
In its decision today, the Supreme Court upheld the longstanding precedent allowing infrastructure crossings of the Appalachian Trail. For decades, more than 50 other pipelines have safely crossed the Trail without disturbing its public use. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be no different. To avoid impacts to the Trail, the pipeline will be installed hundreds of feet below the surface and emerge more than a half-mile from each side of the Trail. There will be no construction activity on or near the Trail itself, and the public will be able to continue enjoying the Trail as they always have. We appreciate the many stakeholders who supported our position in this case, including the U.S. Solicitor General, 18 state attorneys general, more than 60 members of Congress and dozens of labor and industry groups.
Read the full Supreme Court decision here.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is needed now more than ever for the Mid-Atlantic region’s economy and our country’s path to clean energy. The one interstate pipeline currently serving the region is severely congested, meaning certain industries are cut off on cold winter days, our military in Hampton Roads needs more support, and economic development can’t keep up with a growing population.
The ACP is also an important part of our region’s transition from coal to cleaner energy. Natural gas provides the reliable energy needed to replace coal, rapidly expand renewables, and achieve the net zero emissions goals of both Dominion Energy and Duke Energy.
With the Supreme Court’s decision clearing our path forward, we look ahead to building a better economic and environmental future for our region.