Justices Question Appalachian Trail Blockage Of $8B Pipeline

Law360 (February 24, 2020, 9:24 PM EST) -- U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared sympathetic to arguments that federal law allows the U.S. Forest Service to grant developers of the $8 billion Atlantic Coast gas pipeline a right-of-way across the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Near the close of oral arguments, the justices zeroed in on Atlantic Coast's contention that the Fourth Circuit “effectively erected a 2,200-mile barrier” with its December 2018 ruling that the Forest Service lacked authority under the Mineral Leasing Act to grant the right-of-way along the Appalachian Trail. 

Atlantic Coast said the ruling would block pipelines and other energy infrastructure projects both proposed and existing. The government...

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