Atlantic Coast Pipeline and George Washington and Monongahela National Forests

Current Status:

The Forest Service published a Notice of Intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on June 11, 2020. The Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement will analyze the use and occupancy of National Forest System (NFS) lands for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project, as well as associated project-specific amendments for the Monongahela National Forest (MNF) and George Washington National Forest (GWNF) Forest Plans. The Forest Service is preparing a supplemental analysis to address the 4th Circuit Court’s ruling, new information, and changed circumstances such as new federally listed threatened and endangered species and critical habitat designations.  

Background Information:

The Forest Service issued a final Record of Decision (ROD) to issue a Special Use Permit (SUP) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project (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. Trees were felled on about 9 miles of 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 environmental groups 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. Approximately 9 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.

 

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

Notice of Intent to Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

Vacated Special Use Permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Special Use Permit exhibits

Vacated Forest Service Final Record of Decision - Atlantic Coast Pipeline Special Use Permit/Land and Resource Management Plan Amendments

News Release announces final Record of Decision

List of Forest Service documents submitted to ACP FERC Docket

Response to Objections

Frequently Asked Questions on final Record of Decision

FERC Final Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

FERC Notice of Availability

FERC Certificate

2014 Revised Land and Resource Managment Plan for the George Washington National Forest

2006 Revised Forest Plan and Environmental Impact Statement Documents for the Monongahela National Forest

Construction, Operation, and Maintenance Plan 





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