Atlantic Coast Pipeline Chooses Alternate Route in 2 VA Counties

There’s been a course change for Dominion’s $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 550-mile natural gas pipeline that will bring Marcellus and Utica Shale gas south to Virginia and North Carolina. Yesterday Dominion announced they will shift the pipeline in two Virginia counties to the “alternate” route–in Augusta and Nelson counties. Landowners, who are being contacted now, will know the alternate routes as the Augusta Industrial Park variation, the Appalachian Trail South alternate, the East of Lovingston Connector alternate and the East of Lovingston alternate (see map below). According to Dominion, the new routes will have “the least impact to environmental, historic and cultural resources.” Other sources say the reason for the change is due to very vocal opposition in Augusta and Nelson counties. It appears the new route will make a different set of landowners unhappy–but perhaps fewer will be unhappy than before…

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