On Friday, the 4th of October 2019, the US Supreme Court had decided to hear an appeal filed by Richmond, Virginia-based US energy giant, Dominion Energy Inc. alongside Trump Administration, aimed at reverting a lower court verdict that stalled construction of a $7.5 billion natural gas pipeline due to lawsuits from environmentalists as the strategically critical gas pipeline was scheduled to run underneath a portion of the popular Appalachian Trail in rural Virginia, a scenic trail marked in particular for hiking that stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.
In point of fact, construction of the natural gas pipeline was halted following a lawsuit that went in favour of the environmentalists despite a go-ahead signal for the slated project through a section of the protected National Park Service Land, as US Forest Service lacked the authoritative power to build commercial infrastructures underneath the protected area.
Nonetheless, on last December, a Richmond, Virginia-based 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled in favour of the protestors which in effect had halted construction of a 600-km Atlantic Coast Pipeline expected to channel natgas from West Virginian fields to North Carolina.
As an aftermath, US President Donald Trump alongside his administration and the construction companies had urged the US Supreme court to overturn the previous verdict, while expressing an out-and-out optimism over Supreme courts decision to hear the appeal, a Dominion spokesman, Aaron Ruby, said late on Friday (October 4th), “The Supreme Court’s acceptance of our petition is a very encouraging sign and provides a clear path forward to resolve this important issue. ”