Bracewell’s Ann Navaro recently spoke to Law360 reporter Keith Goldberg about the defining energy cases to watch in 2020. Navaro analyzed the Supreme Court agreeing to review the Fourth Circuit’s invalidation of the US Forest Service’s authorization for a $7 billion Atlantic Coast gas pipeline.
The government and Atlantic Coast have backing from industry groups, that have argued in amicus brief that the ruling could put up barriers to proposed and existing projects along the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, as well as other trails that cross national forests and other federal lands.
“The question of whether trails like that pose a barrier to linear infrastructure is significant,” said Navaro, a former Department of Interior official.
Conservation groups told the Supreme Court there’s no dispute that the Appalachian Trail is part of the National Park System and that Atlantic Coast itself identified alternate routes for the pipeline.
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