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Confusion Over Pipeline

Dominon Says Construction Continues/Environmentalists Say No

May 16, 2018 - 9:59 am
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A spokeswoman for the lead developer of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline says a federal court order vacating a key permit does not mean work on the multistate project has to stop.   Jen Kostyniuk is director of communications for Dominion Energy. She said in an email Tuesday night that "we will continue to move forward with construction as scheduled."

That position is at odds with attorneys for the environmental groups that sued over the permit, who say the order means all construction must cease.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a brief order earlier Tuesday that said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had not provided specific limits for the allowable impact on threatened and endangered species in what's called an "incidental take statement." The order did not directly address construction or other work.

Kostyniuk says that the company is committed to working with the agency to address the concerns raised by the court's order.

 

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