Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Atlantic Coast Natural Gas Pipeline Issued by FERC on December 30, 2016; Public Comment Accepted through April 6, 2017; Public Hearings to be Held Feb. 13-March 2.

On December 30, 2016, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff issued its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline.  Dominion Resources and several partners have proposed the approximately 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline from West Virginia through central Virginia to North Carolina.  According to The Roanoke Times on November 12, 2016, the partners include Dominion, Duke Energy/Piedmont Natural Gas, and Southern Company Gas.

The draft EIS is available online at https://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2016/12-30-16-DEIS.asp. The public comment period on the draft EIS runs until April 6, 2017.    The FERC docket number is CP15-554-000; access to FERC documents and a place for public comments on the proposal are available online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ferconline.asp.

According to information from the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, online at http://ohvec.org/acp-deis-hearings/, FERC plans the following public hearings on the draft EIS (all begin at 5 p.m., except for the hearing on February 16 in Suffolk, Va., which will begin at 5:30 p.m.):

Monday, February 13, 2017 – Doubletree Hotel, 1965 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, N.C.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Forest Hills Middle School, 1210 Forest Hills Road, Wilson, N.C.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Hilton Garden Inn Roanoke Rapids, 111 Carolina Crossroads Parkway, Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, 100 East Constance Road, Suffolk, Va.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – Moton Museum, 900 Griffin Boulevard, Farmville, Va.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – Nelson County High School, 6919 Thomas Nelson Highway, Route 29, Lovingston, Va.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference, 152 Fairway Lane, Staunton, Va.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Highland Center, 61 Highland Center Drive, Monterey, Va.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Gandy Dance Theater, 359 Beverly Pike, Elkins, W.Va.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 – Marlinton Community Wellness Center, 320 9th Street, Marlinton, W.Va.

For an overview of the draft EIS and for some immediate reaction, see Long-awaited draft environmental statement on Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline released, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/30/16.

For more on this and other natural-gas issues and developments in Virginia, please see the Water Central News Grouper post, Natural Gas Drilling and Transport in Virginia under Close Scrutiny in 2014-16.

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