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Dominion, Duke Dealt Pipeline Setback in Compressor Station Case

Jan. 7, 2020, 8:28 PM

Virginia environmental regulators must rethink their decision to let Dominion Energy Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. build an Atlantic Coast Pipeline component in a historically black community, the Fourth Circuit ruled Jan. 7. The agency failed to consider alternative fuels or the project’s disparate racial impact, the appeals court said.

“Environmental justice is not merely a box to be checked,” Judge Stephanie Thacker wrote for the court.

The Southern Environmental Law Center, which represented the groups challenging the approvals, put out a statement calling the decision “a major win.” The ruling was the eighth since May 2018 to reject or...

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