N.C. reg­u­la­tors tak­ing a closer look at pipe­line

En­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cials re­quest more time to eval­u­ate wa­ter qual­ity im­pact

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - Metro - By The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. — En­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tors in North Carolina say they need more in­for­ma­tion and more time to eval­u­ate the wa­ter qual­ity im­pli­ca­tions of the At­lantic Coast Pipe­line.

Of­fi­cials with the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity sent a let­ter Thurs­day to de­vel­op­ers of the pro­posed nat­u­ral gas pipe­line that would cross West Vir­ginia, Vir­ginia and North Carolina.

They asked for more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing site-spe­cific de­tails on a restora­tion plan for all stream cross­ings, as they eval­u­ate whether to is­sue a wa­ter qual­ity per­mit.

A de­ci­sion had pre­vi­ously been ex­pected by Sept. 19.

Pipe­line spokesman Aaron Ruby says re­quests for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion are a com­mon part of the reg­u­la­tory process and the in­for­ma­tion will be pro­vided promptly.

Rich­mond-based Do­min­ion En­ergy’s At­lantic Coast Pipe­line is set to run 600 miles from West Vir­ginia through the heart of Vir­ginia to North Carolina, with an ex­ten­sion to the Hamp­ton Roads area.

Op­po­nents of the pipe­line ap­plauded the an­nounce­ment, say­ing it will lead to more thor­ough re­view.

JAY PAUL

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