On May 3, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice that it re-opened the “scoping” period to receive comments on the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion, who’s leading the effort to build the pipeline, made changes in February 2016 to the proposed route and other aspects of the project, in part in response to comments from the U.S. Forest Service. FERC is collecting comments on the proposed changes to incorporate into the environmental impact statement that the federal agency is preparing on the proposed pipeline. As part of this renewed scoping process, FERC will hold public hearings on May 20 in Marlinton, W.Va. (Pocahontas County), and May 21 in Hot Springs, Va. (Bath County).
Source: New public comment period opened on changes to Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/3/16.
For more information:
FERC’s Main Web site on natural gas is http://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas.asp.
For documents on proposed projects and a place for public comments on proposals, see http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ferconline.asp. The FERC docket number for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline proposal is PF15-6-000.
For much more on natural gas developments in Virginia since 2014, please see the Water Central News Grouper post, Potential Natural Gas Drilling and Transport in Virginia under Close Scrutiny in 2014-16.