The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declines a request by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to move up oral argument tentatively scheduled for March to the end of January, in a challenge to federal endangered species permitting.
ACP told the court that time-of-year restrictions that prohibit tree felling after mid-March could mean a project delay of up to a year under the current schedule for briefing and oral argument; it also contended that the cost of stopping construction runs ~$20M/week and that significant delays could mean most of the 3K full-time workers in West Virginia and North Carolina would be released.
Work stopped on nearly the entire project after the court last month stayed federal approvals while litigation proceeded.
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