Atlantic Coast Pipeline Receives Final State Approval For Construction

Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality has given the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed erosion, sediment control and storm water management plan the final approval on Friday.

The approval gives Dominion Energy the key permit it needs to continue constructing the 600-mile pipeline that stretches from West Virginia, through Virginia, and into North Carolina. Construction on the other two states has already begun, and tree-cutting took place in Virginia earlier this year.

The Erosion and Sediment Control, Storm Water Management and Karst Protection plans specify engineering designs that will protect water quality during and after pipeline construction.

According to a release by Dominion, the approval allows the state’s water quality certification to take effect. The certification is the final state approval needed to begin pipeline construction in Virginia.

The ACP will now request a notice to proceed with full construction from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


Regulators Decline Reconsidering MVP and Atlantic Coast Pipeline Water Permits

A regulatory panel declined a request to consider re-evaluating or revoking water-quality permits for two natural gas pipelines after environmental groups, landowners, and other critics argued the Corps’ review process being overly broad.

The Department of Environmental Quality defended the process, and both pipeline companies say the review has been rigorous.

Initially, the board weighted a motion to consider revoking the permits but voted it down.

The State Water Control Board met Tuesday in Richmond to consider the comments it solicited earlier this year regarding the permits granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines.

Staff from the DEQ gave an overview of the thousands of comments received in addition to having the board hear from attendees of the hearing which was raucous and contentious at times.

The Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines have gathered many opponents because of their routes and have battled setbacks involving permits.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline is Granted Another Permit in North Carolina, Needs One More

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline cleared another regulatory hurdle on Tuesday after it received an air quality permit from the state of North Carolina, bringing the 600-mile natural gas pipeline one step closer to receiving all of its necessary permits.

The Department of Environmental Quality granted the developers of the project with an air quality permit for a Northampton County compressor station, saying station emissions would be within acceptable thresholds.

A compressor station uses pressure to push gas down the pipe to final destinations.

Developers of the project are still awaiting a state stormwater permit from North Carolina.

The 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline is designed to carry natural gas from West Virginia into North Carolina. Its lead developer is Dominion Energy with partners Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, and Southern Company Gas.

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North Carolina Regulators Request Additional Information on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is asking the developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline for more information for an air quality permit this week, slowing down the permit process needed for construction.

The original permit deadline of December 15 has been extended, according to reports. The permit approval now depends on sending and reviewing the information.

The state Department of Environmental Quality has already submitted four rounds of questions to the pipeline builders over a water quality permit.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is being pursued by Dominion Energy and other utilities. The proposed pipeline would transport natural gas from West Virginia to Virginia and North Carolina.

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Dominion Energy Says Atlantic Coast Pipeline On Track Despite Needed Water Permits

Dominion Energy and project partner Duke Energy are confident that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is still on track to start construction this year and operations in the second half of 2019.

The companies have completed the design and engineering, executed the construction contracts, and completed 90 percent of materials procurement, Dominion CEO Tom Farrell II told analysts on a call Monday.

The 600-mile natural gas pipeline project still needs water permits from state regulators by the middle of December, but Farrell said that process should be complete by then.

Farrell's statements coming a few days after North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality requested modifications to the project's plans to cross a small number of water bodies in the state.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will originate in Harrison County, West Virginia, travel to Greensville County, Virginia, and continue south into eastern North Carolina.

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