ACP gets greenlight

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) has received authorisation from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to resume construction on the project.

The ACP is a 966 km gas transmission pipeline being developed by Atlantic, a joint venture lead by Dominion Energy, along with Duke EnergyPiedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas.

The project was brought to a standstill in August when two key permits were suspended by a panel of judges with concerns that plans had not adequately addressed danger to public lands and endangered wildlife.

“We are pleased to get back to work on this very important public infrastructure project,” said ACP Spokesperson Aaron Ruby.

“With FERC’s approval today, we are mobilising our crews immediately to resume construction as authorised.

“We are closely monitoring weather conditions across the project footprint and will of course only resume work in areas where it is safe to do so and where weather conditions permit.

“We commend the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service for promptly addressing the issues raised by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and FERC’s Stop Work Order.

“The agencies have reaffirmed that the project does not threaten any federally protected species and is consistent with the public use of the Blue Ridge Parkway.”

The project remains on track for completion by the end of 2019.

For more information visit the Dominion Energy website.

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