Court sides with enviros in Pennsylvania gas permit fight

By Niina H. Farah | 07/11/2024 06:45 AM EDT

The ruling allows affected communities to challenge project approvals through a state administrative process, rather than the courts.

A worker operates part of the Transcontinental pipeline system.

A worker operates part of the Transcontinental natural gas pipeline system owned by Williams Cos. Williams Cos.

This story was updated at 9:45 p.m. EDT.

A federal appeals court this week handed a win to environmental groups that are fighting a mid-Atlantic natural gas expansion project.

On Tuesday, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rebuffed a gas infrastructure developer’s bid to stop a quasi-judicial state agency from reviewing approvals for a project designed to enhance an existing pipeline network in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line had claimed that the federal Natural Gas Act blocked Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board from reviewing the permits for the company’s Regional Energy Access Expansion project. The company had argued that the matter belongs before a federal court instead.