The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Friday issued a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review for a 600-mile natural gas pipeline, bringing the proposed project one step closer to construction.
Dominion Resources’ Atlantic Coast Pipeline has a proposed construction start date of September of 2017, according to FERC’s timeline. Once complete, the pipeline will run natural gas through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.
According to FERC, a draft environmental impact statement should be finalized by December of 2016. A release date for the final environmental impact statement is June 30, 2017, followed by a 90-day review process. A decision on whether or not to approve the project will follow after the three-month review process.
“The environmental review of this project has and will continue to be a thorough and exhaustive process. It has allowed us to work constructively with all agencies and communities to address the issues that have been raised. As we move forward into the next important phase, we will continue working with agencies and communities to ensure a robust and comprehensive review,” Dominion Resources spokesman Aaron Ruby released in a statement.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline has received much opposition from various community groups who believe the line will negatively affect water quality, the environment and properties in its path, and carry a host of safety issues.