With Supreme Court case over, courts again weigh whether Atlantic Coast Pipeline is needed

The Virginia Mercury discusses whether the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is needed.

Last week, the Supreme Court handed a victory to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline when it ruled that the U.S. Forest Service had the authority to allow the project to cross beneath the Appalachian Trail.

But the end of that battle has seen the revival of another, more fundamental conflict: whether the pipeline really is needed.

The project’s main developers — Dominion Energy and Duke Energy — have since its introduction adamantly insisted the pipeline is the best way to supply what they say is the growing demand for natural gas in the region.

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