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Did you just write only the specifications or the code too?
If you have already written the code, I feel you bro/sis (since you dont have an avatar and I dont want to be accused of assuming someone's gender)
"but I got to the point of starting to create the dev and staging environments"
I mean unless its a very big software where just the initial documentation and setup was itself a very pain, not much effort wasted I guess. I have been in situations where after a particular feature(on which I literally worked my ass off) was deployed on production, the management realised it is not required and was reverted in less than 3 weeks.