Workers clearing trees in Nelson Co. in preparation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

(Photo courtesy of Wintergreen Property Owners Association)

NELSON Co., Va. (WSET) -- Trees were falling at Wintergreen Resort on Tuesday to make way for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

WCAV in Charlottesville was on near the entrance to the mountain resort as crews of about 20 men spent the day clearing trees to make way for the project.

The 600-mile natural gas pipeline will begin in northern West Virginia, pass through Virginia, and end in Lumberton, North Carolina.

Pipeline officials said they plan for construction to be finished by the end of 2019.

''We have crews out here felling trees and clearing vegetation as we prepare the right of way for first construction, which will begin in the spring," Aaron Ruby told WCAV. "We received federal approval to begin doing the work in mid-January."

The Wintergreen Property Owners Association opposes the pipeline and issued a statement to WCAV about their disappointment.

"While disappointed, the beginning of construction only increases our resolve to hold Dominion accountable for the financial and non-financial implications placed on our community by the presence of the pipeline."
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