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Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Oct 2015 e-Newsletter
ACP Supplemental Filing 30

In an ongoing effort to determine the best route with the least impact to landowners, our environment, and cultural and historic resources, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (Atlantic) has filed supplemental information for the Project. In September, Atlantic submitted an Application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for authorization to construct and operate the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The October 30 Supplemental Filing includes:                                                          

  • Several route alternatives, variations, and adjustments
  • Data from recently completed environmental field surveys
  • An addition to the assessment of potential cumulative impacts

Information contained in the Supplemental Filing is available on the FERC Filings and Information page of the ACP website. www.dom.com/ACPipeline

 
Safety First: Deer on the Move 30

Safety is our highest priority and No. 1 Core Value – in the workplace and in the community. We want our employees, contractors, neighbors, customers, and community partners to arrive at their destinations safe and sound, every time, without exception. In particular, and especially this time of year, be mindful that deer are on the move. Breeding season, crop harvests, and hunting pressures can push deer away from their comfort zones and toward potentially dangerous collision zones (roadways). Although deer typically travel at dusk and dawn, seasonal pressures can cause them to be displaced at any time of day and often leave them disoriented or frightened – making them very unpredictable.

We urge everyone to drive safe and watch for deer on the roadways. The Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill offers the following tips for reducing your risk of injury from a deer/motor vehicle collision.

  • Slow down
  • Always wear your seat belt
  • Watch for eyes reflecting in your headlights and scan down the roadside as much as possible
  • Remember deer travel in herds this time of year; if you see one, there may be more
  • Do not rely on “deer whistles” or “ultra-sonic” devices
  • Maintain control of your vehicle/do not swerve to avoid hitting a deer
 
Questions to the Project Team 30
What caused the recent modifications to the preferred ACP route?
 

The ACP project team has evaluated thousands of miles of terrain to develop the proposed route. As survey work continues, route modifications may be identified and deemed necessary for a number of reasons. Survey crews collect data on such things as the potential presence of threatened or endangered species, sensitive habitat, and the presence of cultural or historic resources on or near the proposed route.

There are several types of route modifications. Route adjustments are relatively small changes affecting few land parcels. Route variations can be a bit longer and may be used to address a particularly difficult, but typically site-specific, routing issue. Route alternatives are generally the most complex modifications and can be multiple miles in length.

The following route modifications were identified and addressed in the October 30 Supplemental Filing.

 
   
Route Modification

Purpose

  • Cheat Mountain  Variation:

 

Reduce impacts on Cheat Mountain salamander habitat in the Monongahela National Forest, avoid a residence near the forest, and avoid a steep slope

  • Cow Knob Variation:

Avoid impact on Cow Knob salamander habitat in the George Washington National Forest

  • Warminster/Swift Island Variation:

Avoid impacts within a wetland mitigation site on the east bank of the James River and address potential impacts on a newly identified historic district on the west bank

  • Franklin Adjustment:

Avoid two crossings of an existing Virginia Outdoors Foundation conservation easement

  • Great Dismal Swamp Alternative:

Avoid crossing of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

  • Little River Variation:

Reduce crossings of wetlands and forested areas as well as Buffalo Creek

  • Augusta County Service Authority Variation*:

Avoid crossing the Lyndhurst Source Water Protection Area


 
   *This route modification was filed with FERC on October 16, 2015.  
 
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