May 2018, Vo. 245, No. 5

Projects

FERC Denies Pipeline’s Request for More Time to Cut Trees

A federal commission denied a request from developers of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline to continue cutting down trees along the project’s route beyond an initial deadline designed to protect birds and bats. Dominion Energy told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this month that it appeared workers couldn’t complete tree felling in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina on time and asked for an extension. Despite the denial, a spokesman for the project said it will remain on track for completion by the end of 2019. Dominion agreed to the tree-felling restrictions as part of the project’s environmental review process. The windows vary from state to state but general

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