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Atlantic Coast Pipeline working with North Carolina on erosion plan

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline working with North Carolina on erosion plan

Dominion Energy Inc. said the developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC project are working with North Carolina after the state disapproved an erosion and sedimentation control plan.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality issued a letter of disapproval Sept. 26 asking the developers for more information on erosion control plans. The agency said the developers could submit a revised plan for approval with the additional information. North Carolina media reported that Gov. Roy Cooper had rejected the application by Atlantic Coast pipeline partners Dominion, Duke Energy Corp. and Southern Co., but a Dominion spokesman said this was not accurate.

"[The Department of Environmental Quality has simply asked for additional information to complete its review, which is a normal part of the process," Aaron Ruby said in an Oct. 9 email. "We've already responded with most of the requested information and expect to provide the rest later this week. That should resolve the issue and allow the agency to complete its review."

In September, North Carolina asked for more information from the project developers on a state-issued water permit.

The Atlantic Coast pipeline project would include more than 560 miles of greenfield pipeline. It would provide up to 1.5 Bcf/d of natural gas transportation capacity from a Dominion supply header in West Virginia to delivery points in Virginia and North Carolina. The project received a favorable final environmental review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in July. (FERC docket CP15-554)