The following briefs have been filed (to date) in the suit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).
The Joint Opening Brief of Conservation Petitioners [including Friends of Nelson] and Landowner Petitioners, filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) on April 5, 2019.
Briefs filed by parties that are challenging part or all of FERC’s certificate for the pipeline:
- Opening brief filed by the Wintergreen Petitioners (Wintergreen Property Owners’ Association, Friends of Wintergreen, and Fairway Woods Homeowners Condominium Association)
- Opening brief filed by the North Carolina Utilities Commission
- Opening brief filed by landowners Lora and Victor Baum
Amici curiae, or “friends of the court,” briefs in support of of the suit”
- Amicus brief filed by the City of Staunton and Nelson County (focused on impacts to their natural resources)
- Amicus brief filed by NRDC on behalf of 10 environmental, civil rights, faith-based and other groups (focused on environmental justice) (see story below)
- Amicus brief filed by the Institute for Policy Integrity (focused on climate change impacts)
And one brief filed by ACP itself, challenging one element of FERC’s certificate: Opening brief filed by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC
(The addendum of statutes and regulations from several of these briefs was removed to make the file sizes more manageable.)
What happens next: According to the SELC, FERC’s response brief is due on June 19, ACP’s response brief is due on June 26, and SELC’s reply brief is due on July 10, along with the reply briefs of their fellow petitioners. Oral argument will likely be scheduled for sometime in the fall.