Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Wintergreen Area

Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Wintergreen Area

The ACP and the Wintergreen Area

Starting on September 18, 2015 and continuing through May of 2016, Dominion filed a cumulative 42,000-page application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking permission to build this pipeline, in part through the Wintergreen area.

Two years of pipeline construction will bring heavy trucks, cranes, bulldozers, rock blasting, 40-foot-long pipes that will be stored in large staging areas, new access roads, a large drilling area for a one-mile tunnel under the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a 125-foot-wide clear-cut pathway (the width of I-64) to make room for the pipes.

The potential harm resulting from locating the ACP along the proposed route extends beyond the Wintergreen community. There are economic, environmental, and safety consequences for many areas.

Quick facts about Dominion’s pipeline proposal

Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Operator Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC
Owners Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, AGL Resources
Length 599.7 miles
Type Mostly 42” compressed natural gas, some smaller sizes
Compressor Stations 3
Capacity 1.5 cu feet/day
Pressure 1,140 psi
Financial
Cost to build $5.1 billion
Operating Profits Per Year $220 million for 20 years
Construction (if approved)
Time 2 years
Easement during construction 125 feet
Easement after construction 75 feet
Trees lost in Wintergreen Area 7,000
Other
Explosion Blast Radius 1/5 of a mile
% on private property 94%
% on Existing Right-of-Ways 6% — mainline routes (Industry Average>50%)
Virginia Permanent Jobs After Construction 39 (None in Nelson County)

Timeline

The FERC official review and approval process can take up to a year or more, during which time organizations like Friends of Wintergreen can submit legal, environmental and engineering challenges and alternate solutions. Below is the calendar for 2016 and beyond:

Year Month Event
2016 August FERC sets calendar and deliverables for DEIS
December FERC issues DEIS
2017 February Public comment period
April FERC issues EIS
June FERC decision
September Construction begins (if approved)
2019 December Pipeline operational (if approved)
Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Wintergreen Mountain Resort

Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Wintergreen Mountain Resort

Friends of Wintergreen has already filed three significant briefs with FERC demonstrating with hard data the adverse consequences of the pipeline on the Wintergreen area and some better route solutions.

If approved by FERC, the pipeline will be built over two years, bringing heavy trucks, cranes, bulldozers, rock blasting, 40-foot-long pipes that will be stored in large staging areas, new access roads, a large drilling area for a one-mile tunnel under the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a 125-foot-wide clear-cut pathway (the width of I-64) to make room for the pipes.

The significant and permanent harm resulting from locating the ACP along the proposed route extends into and beyond the Wintergreen community. There are economic, environmental, and safety consequences for many areas.

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