Tag Archives: Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Ruling Could Mean Delays for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponent at FERC scoping meeting on M<arch 18, 2015/Photo via Friends of Nelson
A Buckingham resident objects to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline encroaching on local property/Photo via Friends of Nelson

By Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times

If nothing else, a ruling Tuesday by a judge in Suffolk Circuit Court delays Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s campaign to gain access to about 50 acres of private property in the city without the owner’s permission to survey for a possible route for a portion of the interstate natural gas pipeline.

Judge Carl Eason found that Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s notice to Davis Boulevard LLC, a residential developer, of the pipeline company’s intent to survey the property without permission was flawed because the notification came from Dominion Transmission Inc. — one of the partners for the proposed pipeline — and not Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Jim Norvelle, a spokesman for Dominion and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, said the ruling is largely a technical matter and will not impact the project schedule. New letters will be sent from Atlantic Coast Pipeline, he said.

Even though the ruling focuses on a single case in Suffolk, a lawyer from the Norfolk firm of Waldo and Lyle who represented Davis Boulevard LLC and its managing partner believes Eason’s decision could have broader implications and consequences for the project. Continue reading Ruling Could Mean Delays for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Rubber Stamper FERC, Dominion Shills Come to Nelson County

By pontoon, Blue Virginia

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Environmental Impact Study scoping meeting was held Wednesday night in Nelson before a standing-room-only crowd in the 600-seat auditorium at Nelson County High School. FERC had “invited” several state police officers to maintain order. We welcomed them and told them we promised to behave. Continue reading Rubber Stamper FERC, Dominion Shills Come to Nelson County

Environmental Groups Unify to Challenge FERC Pipeline Projects

Groups claim federal agency facilitates fracking for shale gas
ferc face the families
Photo by Erik McGregor

By Michael M. Barrick, Appalachian Chronicle

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) and three other environmental groups based in other Appalachian states have joined forces to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for not properly informing the public regarding the construction of proposed natural gas pipelines throughout the region.

The alliance includes: Huntington-based OVEC; the Allegheny Defense Project in Pennsylvania; the FreshWater Accountability Project in Ohio; and, Virginia-based Wild Virginia. Continue reading Environmental Groups Unify to Challenge FERC Pipeline Projects

No Comment from Wintergreen on Pipeline Route 

One possible alternate route would now turn south halfway between Stuarts Draft and Lyndhurst, running down past Wintergreen Resort.

By Calvin Trice, News Leader

WINTERGREEN – Wintergreen Resort officials are withholding public judgment on the route being studied for a natural gas pipeline that would take construction near their attractions.

The recreation company has no comment this early in the planning stages for the alternative study corridor Dominion has mapped as part of its planned, 550-mile transmission line, said Betsy Dunkerton, Wintergreen spokeswoman. Continue reading No Comment from Wintergreen on Pipeline Route 

Dominion’s Pipeline Study a “Public Relations Document”

By Martin Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

RICHMOND — A new economic study says the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will generate $377 million in annual energy savings — $243 million in Virginia alone — by expanding the availability of natural gas and driving down the price for utilities and commercial and residential consumers.

The study by ICF International, based in Fairfax and Houston, says those savings will stimulate business growth and consumer spending that will create jobs, raise labor income and expand the economies of Virginia and North Carolina. Continue reading Dominion’s Pipeline Study a “Public Relations Document”

Dominion Identifies Alternative Routes for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

ACP_AlternativesBy Rachael Smith, Nelson County Times

Dominion Resources has identified new potential alternate routes for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline that, if approved and built, would transport natural gas from West Virginia southward through Nelson County and into North Carolina.

Dominion Resources Director of Communications Jim Norvelle said letters were planned to be sent Monday to landowners along the alternate routes seeking permission to survey. Continue reading Dominion Identifies Alternative Routes for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Trying to Pull a Fast One? Dominion Gives Too-Short Notice to Landowners

ACP_AlternativesBy Brian Carlton, Waynesboro News Virginian

WAYNESBORO — Letters sent out to landowners impacted by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Augusta, Buckingham and Nelson counties violated state law, project opponents say. Dominion officials, meanwhile, claim the problem stems from a mistake made while typing up the documents and will soon be corrected.

On Feb. 23, letters were sent out to all landowners in the study corridor for the pipeline’s alternative routes, telling them when the company would start surveying properties. Each of those letters stated that “Dominion plans to begin studies along the newly developed route alternatives on or about March 2, 2015.” Continue reading Trying to Pull a Fast One? Dominion Gives Too-Short Notice to Landowners