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Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction halted

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A federal appeals court has nullified a key permit for Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, with three judges of the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit saying that the US Fish and Wildlife Service had failed to set clear limits for impact on threatened or endangered species.

A letter from David Swearingen of the FERC Division of Gas-Environment and Engineering was entered into the court docket yesterday. It indicates the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has informed the commission that construction will be halted “in any areas where such activities may affect listed species covered by the FWS’ Incidental Take Statement for the project.”

Dominion Energy released the following statement in response to the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals order vacating the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Incidental Take Statement for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline:

"We remain confident in the project approvals and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will continue to move forward with construction as scheduled. This decision only impacts activities directly covered by the Incidental Take Statement in certain defined areas along the route. We will fully comply as required while we continue to construct the project. Although we disagree with the outcome of the court's decision, and are evaluating our options, we are committed to working with the agency to address the concerns raised by the court's order."

Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC is composed of four major US energy companies – Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas. The joint venture partners plan to build and own the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a proposed 600 mile underground natural gas transmission pipeline that would help meet the growing energy needs of public utilities in Virginia and North Carolina to generate cleaner electricity, heat homes and power local businesses.

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