3rd Circ. Bats Down Permit Challenge To $1.9B Pa. Pipeline

Law360 (September 4, 2018, 10:25 PM EDT) -- The Third Circuit on Tuesday declined to review Pennsylvania’s preliminary approval of a Williams Partners LP division’s Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project, asserting the court’s right to hear federal pipeline appeals and ruling that the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Sierra Club and others had failed to make a case for appealing the state’s decision.

Turning aside the environmental groups’ challenge to the court’s jurisdiction, the Third Circuit panel rejected on merits the groups’ claims that the state Department of Environmental Protection had violated state laws and the Pennsylvania Constitution’s environmental rights amendment by granting Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. LLC’s water quality certification for...

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