Lawsuit aims to block Tennessee gas pipeline

By Niina H. Farah | 05/02/2024 06:11 AM EDT

Opponents of the Cumberland pipeline are calling for a National Environmental Policy Act review of the project.

The Cumberland Fossil Plant is located southwest of Clarksville, Tennessee.

The Cumberland pipeline would transport natural gas to the Cumberland Fossil Plant. Tennessee Valley Authority

Environmental groups are suing to block a 32-mile pipeline in Tennessee that they warn will lock in planet-warming emissions for decades.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Sierra Club and Appalachian Voices asked a three-judge panel to toss out the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval to build the Cumberland natural gas pipeline.

The project would supply gas to the Tennessee Valley Authority for a proposed power plant that would replace a coal-fired unit.


“FERC’s decision to greenlight this project ignored the harm the pipeline and gas plant would inflict on Middle Tennessee and beyond,” said Spencer Gall, a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, which is representing green groups in the case.