High Court Leans Toward Removing Obstacle to Atlantic Coast Pipeline
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.