The ruling entered by a panel of three judges vacated a right-of-way permit from the U.S. National Park Service which means that Dominion no longer has the permit needed to drill under the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway, which is part of the National Park System, weaves through some of the most scenic terrain in Virginia and North Carolina. Now, if pipeline developers continue construction on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline's 600-mile route from West Virginia, through Virginia and into North Carolina, they will be operating without two crucial federal permits. The Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife were also petitioners on the issue. A big thank you to the Southern Environmental Law Center for their continuous work on protecting this special part of Virginia!
For more information, follow this link: www.southernenvironment.org/news-and-press/news-feed/federal-court-throws-out-another-key-pipeline-permit
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