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The Dominion Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline is on schedule for late 2019 Dominion Energy said. The $5 billion pipleine runs from West Virginia to North Carolina. Yesterday FERC denied Dominion’s March 15 request for more time to cut trees.

Dominion Atlantic Coast

The pipeline has angered envoronmental groups because of the trees and migrating birds. Virginia lifts its tree clearing restrictions on migrating habitats on Aug. 30 for birds and Sept. 15 for bats the Sierra Club said, Sierra club has been the main opposition to the construction of the Atlantic Coast pipeline.

Aaron Ruby, a spokesman for Dominion said via email, “We have a path forward to begin construction this spring and complete the project" he added that by the end of 2019,” Dominion has completed tree felling on more than 200 miles of the 600-mile route.

The official line is that all is on track, Ruby said “While that’s less than we planned for this year, we’ll still have a productive construction season.”

The “decision is a win for the people and communities in the path of this destructive project,” said Kelly Martin, director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign, in a statement yesterday in a response to FERC.

The Atlantic Coast is set to transfer 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to customers in Virginia and North Carolina.

The Atlantic Coast is a partnership between units of Virginia energy company Dominion, North Carolina energy company Duke Energy Corp and Georgia energy company Southern Co . Dominion will build and operate the pipe Dominion also wants to build a 38-mile Supply Header project in West Virginia and Pennsylvania at a cost of about $500 million to feed gas into Atlantic Coast and other pipelines.

Source: Dominion, Reuters, Sierra Club

From The TradersCommunity News Desk

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