The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been asked to grant the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) permission to begin construction in Virginia as the result of the October 19 approval by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality of project plans for erosion and sediment control, stormwater management and karst mitigation. Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc. (DETI), managing partner for the ACP, also on October 19 sent to FERC its request for authority to proceed. At this writing, agency has not yet acted upon the ACP request.
In its letter to FERC, DETI specifically requested written authorization in a Notice to Proceed commencement of construction in Virginia in the following certified workspaces:
- Spread 5a – Augusta and Nelson Counties (limited to certain “certificated areas”)
- Spread 6 – Nelson, Buckingham, Cumberland, Prince Edward and Nottoway Counties
- Spread 7 – Nottoway, Dinwiddie, Brunswick and Greensville Counties
- Spread 11 – Greensville and South Hampton Counties, and the cities of Suffolk and Chesapeake.
In a separate action on October 23, FERC granted an earlier request from DETI “to commence construction of all remaining certificated workspaces on Spreads 1-1, 1-2, 2-1, 2-A, and 3A in West Virginia.” Affected areas are those in Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph and Pocahontas Counties.