In an incredible 24 hour flurry, three major US fossil fuel pipeline projects were saw major setbacks, with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline calling it quits altogether.

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Delays, legal challenges allowed the curtain to be pulled back on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

By Robert Zullo, Virginia Mercury, July 6, 2020

  • Activism and legal challenges drove Dominion Energy and Duke Energy to give up on the proposed 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and exposed “scarce evidence that anyone actually needed the gas the project was supposed to deliver.”
  • The pipeline would have stretched between Virginia and North Carolina, posing risks to human and natural environments along the way.
  • The article quotes local activist Theresa “Red” Terry: “Dominion is buying their own gas so they can have permission to rape our property,” she told the State Water Control Board. “I would love to look at anyone else and say ‘I would love to make money. I’m taking it from you.’”

Dakota Access Pipeline to Shut Down Pending Review, Federal Judge Rules

By Jacey Fortin and Lisa Friedman, The New York Times, July 6, 2020

  • The pipeline spanning from North Dakota to Illinois must be “emptied of oil by Aug. 5” per a district court ruling from Judge James E. Boasberg. The ruling reverses a permit that allowed oil to flow while the United States Army Corps of Engineers conducts an environmental impact report.
  • The ruling is a major victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and environmental activists, who have been fighting the DAPL since 2016. The DAPL runs less than a mile from tribal lands and threatens its water supply from the Missouri River.
  • DAPL ownership will appeal the ruling, but it will likely cause a several year delay to allow for a environmental impact reports and new permitting. Based on the 2020 election results, permitting decisions could be up to a less-oil-friendly Biden administration.

Keystone XL Pipeline Stays Blocked in U.S. Supreme Court Order

By Greg Stohr, Bloomberg Green, July 6, 2020

  • The Supreme Court upheld a federal court order “that blocks use of a key federal permit” for the Keystone XL pipeline. The ruling delays construction on the pipeline in the US until 2021.
  • The permit in the spotlight has to do with water crossings. With approval, TC Energy would likely have begun construction as early as August. The Keystone XL has been in the works for more than a decade, facing opposition from climate advocates and landowners.
  • From the article: “The line would help carry 830,000 barrels of crude a day along a 1,200-mile, (1,900-kilometer) route from the Alberta oil hub of Hardisty to Steele City, Nebraska. From there, the oil would travel to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries that are geared to process the heavy oil-sands crude.”

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