RICHMOND, VA— Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued adenialof the request by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC to extend for two months the right to fell trees for the pipeline’s construction.

Mike Tidwell, Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, stated:

“It is a victory for the people of Virginia that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said ‘no’ to Dominion Energy’s radical request to cut down trees for a radical gas pipeline during the migratory bird nesting season. FERC has done the right thing in denying this request.

“If this decision stands, we are heartened that it would significantly delay the pipeline construction process. It is the hope of many landowners and environmental advocates that this delay may wind up being permanent. Governor Ralph Northam should understand that Dominion’s fracked-gas pipelines is not only bad for migratory birds and bats, but bad for all Virginians who want clean water, clean air, and a stable climate.”