Atlantic Coast Pipeline Gets Permission to Begin North Carolina Construction

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Gets Permission to Begin North Carolina Construction

Robert Zullo | Virginia Mercury

The 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the more than $6 billion natural gas project led by Dominion Energy, won approval to begin full construction in North Carolina today.

The decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission comes amid a federal court challenge that seeks to halt construction of the hotly contested pipeline following a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond in May.

The court invalidated a key environmental review — finding it too vague to be enforced — that dealt with risks to sensitive species, a decision opponents of the project argued should have stopped it in its tracks…(Read the full story)

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