As many Sound Rivers supporters may be aware, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is currently on hold due to seven different federal permits required for construction and operation of the ACP that have been vacated, stayed, or suspended by a federal court or by the issuing agencies themselves. As a result, construction of the entire pipeline is halted indefinitely.
However, Duke and Dominion Energy are currently pushing to convince Congress to grant permission for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail, which a recent court decision found that the US Forest Service did not have the authority to grant. While there is not yet any amendments that would override the court decision attached to currently pending legislation, now is the time to ask members of Congress to keep it that way.
If you are concerned about ACP sneaking an end run around court decisions and the permitting process through Congress, we urge you to contact your Representative and ask them to reach out to congressional leadership to oppose any such efforts.
A congressional “fix” that ACP has announced they seek is a problem because it would:
- Imply a Congressional endorsement for the ACP, stacking the deck for building the ACP as proposed, on its current route.
- Set the wrong example for special congressional exceptions to the federal law that otherwise disallows pipelines across national parks.
- Limit the otherwise-required further analysis of alternatives to the ACP.
- Leave decisions about key ACP permits entirely in the hands of federal agencies, which already have shortchanged public and environmental review of ACP permits.
How to Contact Your Representative
To find office phone numbers, you can locate your Representative here:
For more information to help inform the message you leave with your Representative’s staff about the fundamental lack of need for the ACP and relevant court decisions, some additional talking points in this document from our partners at the Southern Environmental Law Center may be helpful.