Pipeline clears hurdle
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has approved the Erosion and Sediment Control, Stormwater Management, and Karst Protection plans for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).
The ACP project now has authorization from the Commonwealth of Virginia to begin construction on the pipeline. Final approval to begin construction is subject to approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil.
The detailed protection plans specify engineering designs that would protect water quality during and after pipeline construction along the 300-mile project that stretches from Highland County to Greensville County.