Atlantic Coast Pipeline and George Washington and Monongahela National Forests

Current Status:

Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC withdrew their Special Use Permit (SUP) application for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project (ACP Project) to the Forest Service on August 12, 2020. Forest Service specialists are conducting a review of National Forest System (NFS) lands impacted by construction activities for restoration needs. The Forest Service is also coordinating with the other federal agencies involved in the ACP Project regarding development of a restoration plan.

Background Information:

The Forest Service issued a final Record of Decision (ROD) to issue a SUP for the ACP Project and amend the George Washington National Forest and Monongahela National Forest Land and Resource Management Plans on November 17, 2017.  

The Forest Service issued the SUP to authorize use and occupancy to construct the 42-inch natural gas transmission pipeline across 21 miles of NFS lands on January 23, 2018. Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC (ACP) accepted the terms of the SUP and confirmed that all necessary federal and state authorizations were in place on March 9, 2018.  Therefore, the Forest Service allowed ACP to proceed with construction of the project. Work began on the right-of-way on NFS lands in the spring of 2018 before stopping due to time of year restrictions for sensitive species. 

The ACP Project was litigated by conservation organizations and received an adverse ruling from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2018. The court ruling vacated Forest Service decisions and the SUP for the pipeline route across NFS lands in West Virginia and Virginia. Trees on approximately nine miles of NFS lands had been felled prior to the project being halted and the areas where trees were felled are monitored for potential erosion and sedimentation issues.

The Forest Service published a Notice of Intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on June 11, 2020. Due to the cancellation of the project, the Forest Service is retracting this NOI.

For More Information:

For media inquiries or to leave a message about the ACP Project on the George Washington National Forest, please send an email to SM.FS.GWJNF-PA@usda.gov or leave a voicemail at 1-888-603-0261.

For media inquiries or to leave a message about the ACP Project on the Monongahela National Forest, please contact Kelly Bridges at kelly.bridges@usda.gov or 304-635-4432.

Documents and Links

Withdrawal of the Notice of Intent to Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

Archived Documents





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