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Court Tosses Gas Pipeline Permit, Saying U.S. Went Too Fast (1)

July 26, 2019, 4:59 PMUpdated: July 26, 2019, 8:24 PM

A federal appeals court vacated another permit for Dominion Energy Inc.‘s troubled $7.5 billion Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline, citing a U.S. agency’s efforts to “fast-track” pipeline authorization for a rushed analysis of how the project would impact endangered bumblebees.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit said July 26 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to issue an endangered species permit for the project was “arbitrary and capricious,” taking only 19 days after the agency resumed talks with federal regulators following a previous ruling that called for more work on the so-called incidental take statement and...

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