Appeals court tosses key permits for Atlantic Coast pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal appeals court has thrown out two key permits for the Atlantic Coast pipeline.
Environmental groups say the ruling Monday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means construction should be halted on the 600-mile natural gas pipeline.
The judges said a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit was “arbitrary and capricious” because it provided no specific limits for the allowable impact on five threatened or endangered species.
They also vacated a right-of-way permit from the U.S. National Park Service because it allows the pipeline to pass underneath the Blue Ridge Parkway without explaining how the project would not be inconsistent with the scenic parkway, part of the National Park System.
Lead developer Dominion Energy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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