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Following judicial rebuke, USNPS abandons permit it issued allowing pipeline cross Blue Ridge Pkwy

The National Park Service has abandoned its defense of the agency’s latest permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Park Service issued the revised permit after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in August, vacated its original authorization for the pipeline. On Jan. 16, the Park Service asked the Fourth Circuit to remand the permit back to the agency so that it could vacate the permit and reconsider whether issuing it was appropriate in light of legal issues raised in the appeal.

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