Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2018

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168 Landscape Architect and Specifier News West Virginia Pipeline Construction to Resume Work on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, which is planned to deliver natural gas from West Virginia to Virginia and North Carolina, can continue after receiving a new permit to replace one that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out in August. The original permit was issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Associated Press reports that a new permit was granted by the National Park Service. The federal appeals court's ruling came after environmental groups brought a case against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which had approved the construction. The project's official website states that the "route was developed after more than three years of extensive study," and over 6,000 miles of different courses were proposed and examined before the current 600-mile route was selected. The group behind the project expects it to produce $377 million a year in energy cost savings, $28 million a year in new local tax revenue and close to 20,000 new jobs in various industries. Agency Tries to Block Tree Clearing for Pipeline The PennEast pipeline is a natural gas pipeline that has been proposed for 2019 construction along a route that runs through both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), which represents the basin states of New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania, has requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) block PennEast workers from clearing trees along the proposed pipeline route before the DRBC has officially approved the project. The DRBC is concerned that premature tree-clearing could result in negative water resource impacts related to stream bank stability, soil erosion and instream sedimentation. The FERC has denied the DRBC's request, citing improper filing procedure. Tamara Young-Allen, a spokeswoman for FERC, has stated that the request will be considered if it is resubmitted through the proper channels. If trees have already been cut, the FERC may claim in court that the project is already too far along to stop. If this is the case, the FERC may be able to block any legal challenges from the DRBC. I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 3 5

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