Virginia, contrary to Andrew Cuomo’s New York, once again simply follows the law in approving a water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Although the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) was federally approved a year ago, in October, 2017, the $6 billion pipeline from Dominion Energy running from West Virginia through Virginia into North Carolina had not yet secured all state-required permits. The remaining holdout has been Virginia. Late Friday afternoon the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) finally issued a “401” permit (water quality certification), which clears the way for ACP construction to begin in the Old Dominion.
Of course Big Green and their supporters, who deluded themselves into thinking they had successfully blocked ACP, are apoplectic with the news.
Before we get to anti reaction (faithfully recorded by colluding “reporters” in mainstream media), let’s look at the DEQ announcement and the thorough report they generated:
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has approved the Erosion and Sediment Control, Stormwater, Management, and Karst Protection plans for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). These detailed protection plans specify engineering designs that will protect water quality during and after pipeline construction along the 300-mile project that stretches from Highland County to Greensville County.