If it seems as if there has not been much going on with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) lately, it is because there hasn’t. Construction activities on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are currently suspended because of the loss of a key permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service related to the agency’s assessment of the impact of the project on certain endangered species. A case challenging the Fish and Wildlife Service’s assessment is to be argued May 9 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. An opinion on the case is not likely until at least August, meaning that construction will continue to be stalled at least until the end of the summer.
Since the cessation of ACP construction, which at the time had been limited to the western 45+ miles of the route in Lewis, Upshur and Randolph Counties, WV, there has been some maintenance work.