Two environmental groups are looking to block the Dominion Energy Inc.-led Atlantic Coast Pipeline project until it has a new route and new environmental impact statement.
Friends of Nelson and Wild Virginia in a Sept. 4 letter asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to strip the project of its certificate of convenience and necessity, revoke the final environmental impact statement for the 1.5-Bcf/d pipeline, and start a new EIS process.
The groups called their requests "necessary," citing an order vacating an "incidental take" statement for the project from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The groups also noted that the project will need to be rerouted, which requires a full National Environmental Policy Act analysis, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit on Aug. 6 canceled National Park Service's right-of-way permit allowing construction on the Atlantic Coast project across the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, recently fended off efforts to persuade the appeals court to stay authorization for water crossings by the project in West Virginia. The 600-mile pipeline is designed to carry Appalachian gas to mid-Atlantic and Southern markets, running from West Virginia through Virginia and North Carolina. The project is a joint venture of Dominion, Duke Energy Corp. and Southern Co. units. (FERC dockets CP15-554-000, CP15-554-001, CP15-555-000)