On August 16th the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) filed suit on behalf of Sound Rivers and other groups against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for authorizing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) without proper consideration of the impacts or public need of the pipeline.
The previous week FERC issued a stop work order to ACP after other required federal permits were vacated by an recent court order. At the same time FERC also denied conservation groups petition to reconsider the decision approving ACP, opening the door for the public’s day in court.
FERC itself has questions about the actions of the Commission. FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur had this to say in her opinion about the denial, “I did not support the Commission’s underlying order authorizing the ACP Project because I concluded the project as proposed was not in the public interest.”
Sound Rivers looks forward to a through judicial review of FERC’s actions and the impacts of ACP.
Read more on the legal challenge on Energy News Network here.