Appeals court vacates key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit

RICHMOND, Va. — A U.S. appeals court has tossed a key federal permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that deals with impacts on threatened or endangered species.A panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday vacated the permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.The court wrote that the agency’s decisions had been fast-tracked and the agency “appears to have lost sight” of its mandate. Four species that would be affected by the 600-mile (965-kilometre) natural gas pipeline were at issue in the appeal.A Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.The decision is the latest in a series of legal setbacks for the pipeline, construction of which has been on hold since December.Lead developer Dominion Energy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Associated Press read more

Shots fired at a house in Ennis last night

first_imgA MAN WAS arrested after a number of shots were fired at a house in Ennis, Co. Clare last night.The house at Childers road, Cloughleigh was occupied when the shots were fired at about 5am this morning but nobody was injured according to gardaí.A 46-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shooting and was held for a time at Ennis garda station.The man has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.Read: Man stabbed to death in Drogheda named as 30-year-old Wayne McQuillan >last_img read more