On Tuesday, May 15th, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of our friends at the Defenders of Wildlife, Virginia Wilderness Committee, and the Sierra Club, invalidating a key federal authorization needed for continued construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would cross both the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds, as well as hundreds of other waterways. The court found that limits set in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s authorization did not sufficiently safeguard species afforded protection under the Endangered Species Act, and vacated an authorization that allowed harm to those species. More details will be forthcoming from the court soon, but congratulations are in order for our allies and their attorneys at the Southern Environmental Law Center.