SCOTUS to hear case on Appalachian Trail & pipeline

SCOTUS to hear case on Appalachian Trail & pipeline

02/25/2020 12:29 am ET Molly Taft

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday that may determine if a controversial pipeline is allowed to cross the iconic Appalachian Trail.

Environmental groups are challenging a permit issued by the Forest Service allowing Dominion Energy and Duke Energy to build a section of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline across a stretch of the 2,200-mile trail in Virginia.

They argue that only Congress can grant a permit since the trail is considered a part of the National Parks system.

A lower court agreed with the environmental groups and tossed the permit in December of 2018, and the pipeline owners are depending on a decision from the Supreme Court to get the crucial permit to continue construction on the 600-mile project.

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