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W.V. Pipeline Construction to Resume
New Permit Issued to Replace One Overturned by Federal Court

W.V. Pipeline Construction to Resume

The Atlantic Coast pipeline project was halted temporarily when one of its permits was challenged by environmental groups.

Work on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, which is planned to deliver natural gas from West Virginia to communities in Virginia and North Carolina, can continue after receiving a new permit to replace one that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out in August.

The original permit, issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was deemed to be lacking in its handling of the effects the pipeline might have on some threatened or endangered species. The Associated Press reports that a new permit was granted by the National Park Service.

The federal appeals court's ruling came after environmental groups, led by the Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain, Advocates brought a case against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which had approved the construction.

The project's official website states that the "route was developed after more than three years of extensive study," and over 6,000 miles of different courses were proposed and examined before the current 600-mile route was selected. The group behind the project expects it to produce $377 million a year in energy cost savings, $28 million a year in new local tax revenue and close to 20,000 new jobs in various industries.

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November 20, 2019, 2:36 pm PDT

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