Supreme Court Ruling Brings Hope of Clean, Affordable Energy Closer to Consumers on the Atlantic Coast

News Release June 15, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Karen Harbert, President and CEO of the American Gas Association (AGA) said the following after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the U.S. Forest Service has the authority to grant pipeline right of way on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline:

 “The Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate the permit that allows the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to go forward brings affordable, reliable and clean natural gas to businesses, factories, military bases, hospitals, schools and homes that need it for cooking, heating and hot water.” Harbert went on to say, “This decision paves the way to supply natural gas to parts of Virginia and eastern North Carolina, allowing access to more affordable energy for those who need it and delivering the economic and environmental gains that natural gas brings to communities.”

 AGA, as part of a broad coalition, submitted an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the federal government and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The amicus brief urged the Court to reverse the lower court’s decision because it threatened the development of critically needed pipelines and other infrastructure and could strand critical U.S. energy supplies. In today’s opinion, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the lower court and affirmed AGA’s and the broad coalition’s request.

The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 75 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 71 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than three-tenths of the United States' energy needs.