Dec. 17–The Lorax has moved on from the Truffula trees and into reality.
Federal judges in Virginia struck down a plan to build an underground gas pipeline through two national forests and a segment of the Appalachian Trail — and they used Dr. Seuss to do so.
“We trust the United States Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues,'” the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in its ruling, according to CNN.
The quote comes directly from Dr. Seuss’ iconic 1971 fable about the Lorax and his fight to save the forests from the greedy Once-ler.
The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, proposed by Dominion Energy, would stretch more than 600 miles through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, including 21 miles within George Washington and Monongahela National Forests.
In its ruling, the panel questioned the Forest Service’s initial concerns about the environmental impact of the pipeline, concerns that were “were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company’s deadlines.”
The Southern Environmental Law Center celebrated the decision and called on the Forest Service to better protect national forest resources.
“The George Washington National Forest, Monongahela National Forest and the Appalachian Trail are national treasures. The Administration was far too eager to trade them away for a pipeline conceived to deliver profit to its developers, not gas to consumers,” Southern Environmental Law Center Attorney Patrick Hunter said in a statement.
This pipeline is unnecessary and asking fracked gas customers to pay developers to blast this boondoggle through our public lands only adds insult to injury.”
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