Citizen groups filed another lawsuit against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Thursday, this time taking direct aim at the federal certificate that undergirds all other permits for the complex interstate gas project.
Left out of the formal permitting process, North Carolina’s Lumbee Tribe and others seek a voice before pipeline construction crosses their land and waters.
The contrast between North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s actions on offshore drilling and a pipeline project reflect different legal, political and economic risks.
North Carolina regulators Wednesday announced the latest round of setbacks for the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline — delaying a decision on the project’s clean water certificate until as late as February and postponing several other environmental permits.
Thirty-five years after the birth of the environmental justice movement, advocates say regulators and developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are falling short in their obligations to tribes and other communities of color.