Construction on Atlantic Coast Pipeline expected to begin late Spring
NELSON Co., Va. (WSET) -- Construction on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is expected to start soon.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers just recently issued federal water quality permits for the project, which was one of the final steps before they can start building.
Dominion Energy spokesperson Aaron Ruby explains the construction will be done mostly in 2018 and 2019.
Most of Nelson County is scheduled for next year, but Ruby says you can expect to see some construction later this year on a section of the pipeline that will run under the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail and another section that runs under the James River on the border of Nelson and Buckingham Counties.
Ruby says that they have received most of the state and federal permits they need, including state water certification, but under certain conditions.
"The water control board attached additional conditions saying that permit will not take effect until the Virginia DEQ approves, erosion and sediment control, storm water management and karst mitigation," Ruby said. "Once DEQ approves those plans, state water qualifications go into effect."
They also received approval in January to start pre-work prior to construction.
"The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Supply Header Project received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin limited tree felling and vegetation clearing in areas planned for construction in 2018," Ruby continued.
Ruby adds that tree felling and vegetation clearing is only on properties where they have an ease agreement with the landowner and it will mostly be done during the period of November to March so they don’t interfere with the ecosystems around the vegetation.
If all goes as planned, they hope to have the pipeline in service by late 2019.
For more information on when construction will happen in your area visit their website here.