A trio of environmental groups has filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stop construction on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. They have also asked that there be a new hearing to determine whether the project can proceed.
The groups allege that construction the FERC authorized last month in West Virginia violates the federal Endangered Species Act because of a court ruling that invalidated part of a required approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC denies that the court ruling invalidates the Fish and Wildlife Service’s approval, saying the pipeline is free to proceed with FERC-permitted construction in areas not impacted by the endangered species requirements.