Following the Cowpasture Case in the Supreme Court


The arguments in the case of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Forest Service vs the Cowpasture River Preservation et al, in which the ACP is appealing the Fourth Circuit Court’s vacating of the Forest Service‚Äôs permit for the ACP to cross the Appalachian Trail, will be heard at the Supreme Court beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday February 24, 2020. One hour has been allotted for the hearing, with another case to follow promptly at 11 a.m.

The U.S. Forest Service and Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC are the appellants in the case. The respondents are Cowpasture River Preservation Association, Highlanders for Responsible Development, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Association, Shenandoah Valley Network, Sierra Club, Virginia Wilderness Committee and Wild Virginia.

All briefs that have been filed in the case are available here.

For additional background and commentary on the case, see the February 18 SCOTUSblog post here.

Information from SELC and their news feed is here.

Although there is no way to remotely stream oral arguments at the Supreme Court in real time, the transcript of the oral argument will be available in the afternoon on February 24. On Friday February 28, the audio recording of the argument will be published.

Anyone wishing to attend the argument in person should consult instructions on the Supreme Court website. Note that space in the courtroom is limited and there is no guarantee that all who wish to attend will be seated, so arrive very early if you hope to attend. The Supreme Court is at 1 First St., SE, Washington, DC, located 0.3 miles from the Capital South Metro Station. The closest parking garage is at Union Station, located 0.5 miles from the Court.