Democratic News

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement on the United States Supreme Court decision in favor of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in overturning the Fourth Circuit Court’s decision. In August 2018, Senator Manchin led efforts on a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and federal permitting agencies encouraging them to “quickly reconsider, correct, and reissue the necessary permits” for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  

“Today the Supreme Court overruled a lower court decision that halted the progress of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This project would create jobs, invigorate our energy markets, and provide thousands of American homes and businesses with the energy they need. This pipeline would open up the East Coast with the expansion of the natural gas industry to the benefit of many states along the coast, including my home state of West Virginia which has an abundance of natural gas right under our feet. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project has gone to extreme lengths to ensure the safety and integrity of the Appalachian Trail and the surrounding area and I am confident in their ability to maintain our great outdoor spaces while expanding our ability to increase energy production across the nation. The Supreme Court’s decision today is an important step forward, but additional regulatory hurdles remain. I look forward to seeing this pipeline completed so we can begin to reap the benefits for our energy industry and our nation as a whole.”