Court declines to speed review to help Atlantic Coast Pipeline scheduling woes

|By:, SA News Editor

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.

Dominion Energy (NYSE:D) is the lead developer of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, in partnership with Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) and Southern Co. (NYSE:SO)

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