Dominion responds to FERC halting construction on Atlantic Coast Pipeline
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered a halt to all construction on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline last Friday. This order, based on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit that judges ruled was "arbitrary and capricious," was mandated through a letter to Dominion Energy – the pipeline's lead developer.
The FERC letter demands that all construction be stopped until permit issues are resolved.
The letter was sent just days after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
for building the pipeline.
The first permit dealt with the pipeline tunneling under the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to FERC, the agency had not explained how the pipeline will fit its mandate of public land conservation.
The second permit was vacated due to the pipeline's impact on five endangered species.
Anti-pipeline activists in the Shenandoah Valley responded to the halt saying this puts them one step closer to their goal.
Nancy Sorrells, co-chair of the Augusta County Alliance, said, "It's one victory in a long battle that's still continuing, We've got a lot of work left to do."
"This won't make make Dominion go away and we're not going away either," she added.
Dominion Energy spokesman Aaron Ruby released a statement on behalf of the company in response to FERC's letter, which you can read below:
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