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High Court Leans Toward Removing Obstacle to Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday appeared ready to remove an obstacle to construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

A majority of justices expressed skepticism about a lower court ruling that tossed out a key permit needed for the natural gas pipeline to cross under the Appalachian Trail.

Conservative justices who hold a 5-4 majority on the court grilled a lawyer for environmental groups who sued and won a 2018 ruling from the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throwing out a special-use permit for the 605-mile pipeline.

Most of the justices expressed reservations about the ruling.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.