Atlantic Coast Pipeline identifies alternate route segments

Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC (ACP) has identified several alternate route segments as potentially having the least impact to environmental, historic, and cultural resources and is incorporating them into the proposed route of its 550-mile, 1.5-bcfd interstate natural gas transmission pipeline across three states. The alternate segments are in Augusta and Nelson counties, Va.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC (ACP) has identified several alternate route segments as potentially having the least impact to environmental, historic, and cultural resources and is incorporating them into the proposed route of its 550-mile, 1.5-bcfd interstate natural gas transmission pipeline across three states. The alternate segments are in Augusta and Nelson counties, Va.

The company has begun contacting Virginia landowners of the alternate segments and other remaining segments that have not given permission to survey their properties, asking again for their permission so it can find the best route with the least impact. Landowners of about 83% of the entire route have given the company permission to survey.

ACP—a corporation formed by Dominion Transmission Inc., Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, and AGL Resources—proposed the pipeline to supply Marcellus and Utica shale gas to multiple public utilities in Virginia and North Carolina. The company will file a final proposed route with its formal US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission application later this summer.

The pipeline would have a 42-in. OD in West Virginia and Virginia, and a 36-in. OD in North Carolina. A lateral to Chesapeake-Hampton Roads, Va., would measure 20 in. Dominion plans three compressor stations for the pipeline, one at its West Virginia starting point, one in Buckingham County, Va., and one near the Virginia-North Carolina border (OGJ Online, Sept. 2, 2014).

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