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February 24, 2020

Supreme Court Hears Case Regarding Atlantic Coast Pipeline

As The Associated Press reports, the U.S. Supreme Court held oral arguments regarding a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would bring natural gas to North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, on February 24. The permit would allow the pipeline to “cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail, the historic footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine.”

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled against the permit, finding that the U.S. Forest Service had “abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources” and did not have the authority to approve the permit. Environmental groups agree, and also are fighting the permit.

As Connecting the Dots has reported previously, the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA), which MSCI is a member of, is working to showcase public support for the pipeline. Specifically, EEIA has asked all stakeholders in the supply chain, regardless of whether or not their company will participate in or benefit from this particular project, to help by signing an online petition in support of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Click here to learn more about the employment and economic benefits of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and to sign the petition.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and the attorney generals of 18 other states have submitted a brief to the Supreme Court underscoring the need for the pipeline to continue. Click here to read more about their arguments, and the case that was heard by the Supreme Court.