Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Open House EventLandowner Notice - Nelson, Augusta and Buckingham counties

  • Several potential alternate routes have been identified for the interstate natural gas pipeline through Nelson County and parts of Augusta and Buckingham counties. Letters were mailed on Feb. 23 to landowners along the alternatives seeking their permission to survey so we can better assess the feasibility of these routes. Visit the Landowner Involvement tab below for details.

Landowner Notice - Randolph and Pocahontas counties, W.Va.; Highland County, Va.

  • Visit the Landowner Involvement tab below for information on a potential alternate route for the pipeline that includes properties in these three counties.

Increasing the availability of natural gas supplies in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina is important to the economy and environment of the region. It can mean more jobs, lower prices to heat and power homes and businesses, and cleaner air.

Dominion works with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.Dominion works with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and the Pennsylvania Game Commission to help create safe havens and grazing areas for the elk and deer, which has resulted in a tripling of the herds. These are examples of efforts that will preserve the natural habitat for wildlife in the vicinity of pipeline construction.
To meet that need, Dominion and its partners are proceeding to build a new natural gas pipeline. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), formerly known as the Southeast Reliability Project, would originate in Harrison County, W.Va., run to Greensville County, Va., and then south into eastern North Carolina.

  • The pipeline would be approximately 550 miles long, including a connected pipeline or lateral that could bring additional supplies to Hampton Roads.
  • In West Virginia and Virginia, the pipeline would be 42 inches in diameter; in North Carolina, 36 inches. The Hampton Roads pipeline would be 20 inches in diameter.
  • Three compressor stations have been planned as part of this project – one at the beginning of the pipeline in West Virginia (Lewis County), one in central Virginia (Buckingham County) and one near the Virginia-North Carolina state line (Northampton County, NC).
  • The capacity of the pipeline is projected to be 1.5 billion cubic feet/day.

Contact Virginia Officials!Dominion, along with three other major U.S. energy companies – Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources — announced Sept. 2 the formation of a joint venture to build and own the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion is the parent company of Dominion Virginia Power and AGL Resources is the parent company of Virginia Natural Gas.

The ACP project is being developed by four homegrown companies that have been helping our states grow for decades. They are now coming together to help our economies take another step forward by bringing the benefits of additional supplies of clean, low-priced domestic natural gas to homes, businesses, manufacturers and power generators.

 Project Activity
 Expected Timing
 Survey/Route Planning
 May 2014 - June 2015
 FERC Pre-filing Request
 October 2014
 FERC Application
 Summer 2015
 FERC Certificate
 Summer 2016
 Construction 2016 - 2018
 In-Service Late 2018


> Learn more about ACP - View the materials used during our most recent open houses in the “Open Houses and Public Meetings” tab below.

Project Details

Pipeline Benefits

The benefits of natural gas are clear. The newfound abundance of domestic supplies has made it a low-cost energy source that is decreasing the nation’s dependence on foreign imports. When burned, natural gas produces significantly lower emissions than coal, including just half the carbon.

The pipeline would provide a dependable supply of natural gas for electric utilities in the region looking to use natural gas as a cleaner option to generate electricity. It also would help local gas utilities serve their customers with a new, reliable source of supply, and permit businesses to build or expand their operations.

Economic Impact

Analysis by ICF International

Consumers and businesses in Virginia and North Carolina could save an estimated $377 million annually in lower energy costs thanks to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, according to an analysis by Virginia-based consulting firm ICF International. (> View our news release.)

Property Tax Revenues

From the Dominion Tax Department report, December 2014, on projected local property tax revenues:

  • Property taxes paid to counties and municipalities by the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would ultimately exceed $25 million a year.
  • Annual property tax payments will increase during the construction period, based on tax formulas in each state and locality. For example, Dominion has estimated that counties and municipalities along the proposed route would receive $23 million in property tax payments in 2020 and increase to more than $25 million starting in 2021, when the full value of the project is ultimately reflected in tax payments.

View a spreadsheet showing estimated tax property payments by county in each of the ACP’s three states for the period 2016-2025.

Chmura Report

A report from Chmura Economics & Analytics entitled “The Economic Impact of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina” has been prepared for Dominion and the ACP joint venture partners announcing the 550-mile interstate natural gas transmission pipeline.

As Dominion has met and continues to meet with elected officials and staff, landowners, agencies and the general public about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, there have been many frequently asked questions raised. We have compiled those questions and provided answers in the following FAQs:

Clear, accurate and understandable informational materials for all interested stakeholders have been produced and are provided below. We will update this section as new material is developed.

Fact Sheets - Brochures


Newsletters


Maps

Project Maps

Maps Featuring Alternate Proposed Routes

Interactive Map of ACP Route and Adjacent Land Parcels

Note: For best results with this feature, use the most recent version of a major web browser such as Firefox, IE Explorer, Safari or Chrome. Due to file sizes, this map may not perform well on mobile devices.

  • Launch the Interactive Map.
  • To find your property, click in the Search field (located in the green bar at the top of the map) and enter your property address: street, city, state and zip code.
  • Existing addresses may automatically appear as you type your address; click on your address if/when it appears. Otherwise, finish entering the data and press enter. The map will shift to the address location and a small address box will appear, showing where it is located on the map. Allow time for the features/images to fully load.
  • If the address is a parcel within the study corridor, the address box will point to the related parcel.
  • The pink dotted lines on the map show the boundary of the study corridor, and the yellow line is the centerline of the corridor.

High-resolution Aerial Maps - Proposed Route and Land Parcels

Note: These are large PDFs - allow time to load; some maps have several pages.

West Virginia Counties
Virginia Counties/Cities
North Carolina Counties
Harrison
Lewis
Pocahontas
Randolph
Upshur
Augusta
Brunswick
Buckingham
Chesapeake
Cumberland
Dinwiddie
Greensville
Highland
Nelson
Nottoway
Prince Edward
Southampton
Suffolk
Cumberland
Halifax
Johnston
Nash
Northampton
Robeson
Sampson
Wilson

Maps of Potential Karst Areas

The maps below show natural gas pipelines in areas of potential karst as determined by the United States Geological Survey. Pipelines, including interstate natural gas transmission lines are safely constructed and operated in potential karst areas throughout the eastern United States. There are more than 4,100 miles of natural gas transmission lines in potential karst areas of the mid Atlantic region, including more than 450 miles in Virginia.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline must obtain approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which will coordinate with other federal, state and local agencies to thoroughly address land, air, water, noise, species, economic impacts and other issues.

The pipeline would be designed, constructed, operated and maintained in accordance with FERC and U.S. Department of Transportation standards, and all other applicable regulations, standards and guidelines for safety.

All federal, state and local permits and right-of-way access will be obtained prior to starting pipeline construction.

Posters and Route Alternative Maps

January 2015

Below are posters that were displayed at 11 open houses held Jan. 6 - 22.

Route Alternative Maps

September 2014

An estimated 3,600 landowners and stakeholders attended the open houses over the two-week period of September 15 - 25, 2014. (View a summary report.) Below are links to the posters that were on display at the 13 informational open houses in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Preliminary aerial maps were used to assist landowners in identifying their property properties to Dominion land agents and routing specialists. These have been archived, as we have been making adjustments to the preliminary route.


ACP is committed to consulting with stakeholders throughout all phases of the project: planning, permitting, construction and operations. We have identified and engaged parties who have an interest in the project and will continue to provide stakeholders — including affected landowners, occupants, tenants, and local state and federal government agencies and officials — with timely information about the project. Our consultation efforts will inform stakeholders about the project through regular communications and provide opportunities to ask questions or discuss concerns via open houses and public meetings.

How can I help?

Contact the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to express your support, provide comments or ask questions.

Being active corporate citizens in the communities in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, Dominion and its employees strive to enhance communities where we live, work and play.

Nature Conservancy in WV, VA, NC
Gift of $1.1 million from Dominion to advance conservation work in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The funds were split among three Conservancy preserves: Bear Rocks Preserve, West Virginia: Warm Springs Mountain Preserve, Virginia; and Nags Head Woods Preserve, North Carolina.

James River Expedition
Grant of $50,000 from Dominion to help students and teachers participate in a "Floating Classroom" organized by the James River Association. Students participated in a variety of activities related to water quality and biological monitoring.

Paul D. Camp Community College
Grant of $30,000 from Dominion to create robotics and mechatronics laboratory to support the electronics department and two new program offerings in robotic engineering and mechatronics.

Dominion has notified landowners along a 300-foot wide study corridor. Preliminary survey work and route planning have been under way since May 2014.

Dominion continues to refine the proposed route, thanks to the nearly 73 percent of affected landowners who have given us permission to survey. Crews are surveying and obtaining information from affected landowners along the way to determine the best route with least impacts to the environment, historic and cultural resources.


Special Notice for landowners in Nelson, Augusta and Buckingham counties

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) has identified several potential alternate routes for the interstate natural gas pipeline through Nelson County and parts of Augusta and Buckingham counties. We are sending letters today to landowners along the alternatives seeking their permission to survey. Surveys are the only way to understand fully the potential benefits and constraints of these potential alternatives.

These alternate routes are in addition to the proposed route. (View a map.)

These alternatives are a natural part of the routing process. They are the result of conversations with local, state and federal officials; landowners and other stakeholders. It is consistent with our promise to work with all parties to find the best route with the least impacts to people, the environment, and historic and cultural resources. It also is consistent with what we have done elsewhere along the proposed route.

No decision has been made on which route will be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Agency (FERC) as the preferred route. That will require surveying the alternatives as well as the completing surveying work on the proposed route.

Throughout the development of the ACP, Dominion’s construction, engineering and environmental teams have reviewed and evaluated more than 3,000 miles of route variations. Typically, the first steps in evaluating route alternatives are: (1) to identify and try to avoid potential constraints and (2) to conduct surveys and environmental studies along the potential alternative route corridor. In almost all cases, evaluation of alternate routes is an exercise of balancing competing constraints. Identifying the least impactful route is always the objective. And, building and operating safely is our paramount concern.

The ACP will host an informational open house on these alternate routes on Thursday, March 5, at a time and location to be determined.

The Appalachian Trail South Alternative
The ACP must cross the Appalachian Trail (AT) as it continues from West Virginia through Virginia and on to North Carolina. Many other natural gas pipelines, electric transmission lines and other infrastructure projects already cross the trail. Our proposed route has a constructible crossing that we believe minimizes any potential impact on the trail and its surrounding area.

After discussions with stakeholders, Dominion has identified another viable route on a section of the AT that is in the George Washington National Forest, about 8 miles southwest of the proposed crossing. We are requesting permission from GWNF officials to survey this alternate route.

On this alternate route, Dominion has studied and determined that it would be feasible to use Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) construction to install the ACP well below both the AT and the Blue Ridge Parkway, with no trees removed and no long-term visual impacts.

While the construction is more challenging and several more roads are crossed, this alternate route would be about 1 ½ miles shorter and cross about 10 fewer water bodies than the proposed route. It would change the route in eastern Augusta County to align with one end of the boring.

East of Lovingston Alternate
Many Nelson County landowners and residents have asked us to consider avoiding the areas damaged by Hurricane Camille in planning the ACP route. This alternate route avoids areas identified by The Nature Conservancy as critical habitat, Davis Creek, and areas that were hardest hit by Hurricane Camille in 1969. This alternate route would straighten out the proposed route east of Lovingston, the Nelson County seat, and is about 5 miles shorter than the proposed route.

East of Lovingston Connector
If the AT South Alternative is chosen for crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains, the ACP must rejoin the original proposed route or connect with the East of Lovingston Alternate route. This connector would be about 5.4 miles in length.

Wingina Alternate
Interstate natural gas pipelines make every effort to avoid historic districts where possible. During conversations with landowners and community leaders along the proposed route, Dominion was made aware of a pending historic district designation for the Norwood – Wingina section of Nelson County because of its unique historical significance. The Virginia State Review Board and the Department of Historic Resources has recommended that the Norwood – Wingina Historic District be eligible for nomination to the national and state registers. Formal nomination to the National Register of Historic Places is expected in March 2015.

The Wingina Alternate would move the proposed route to avoid the Norwood – Wingina Historic District. It would shorten the length of the route through Nelson County by about 1 mile and cross the James River under a narrower section of the river, approximately 3 miles northeast of the proposed route. It would require a slight route variation in Buckingham County.


Special Notice for landowners in Randolph and Pocahontas counties, W.Va., and Highland County, Va.

Feb. 16, 2015 -- The company is looking at a potential alternate route for the pipeline that includes properties in Randolph and Pocahontas counties, W.Va., and Highland County, Va. Both the alternate route and the proposed preferred route involve the Monongahela National Forest. Dominion is pursuing survey permission to determine if the alternate route is more suitable than the proposed preferred route. Letters seeking permission to survey were mailed to the landowners along the alternate route at the end of last week.

This alternate route was discussed in Resource Report 10, which was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in early December. The alternative was described as MNF 5, beginning on page 10-20 under “Southern Route Alternatives.”

On November 13, 2014, the FERC granted authorization to begin the pre-filing process. This process allows multiple opportunities for stakeholders to learn about the project and provide input. It is a collaborative process among landowners, government agencies, other interested stakeholders, and the FERC to identify and address concerns and issues related to the project before the application is filed.

During the pre-filing process, there are two major opportunities for the public and agencies to review materials and provide feedback on the ACP. The FERC also accepts written or eComments at any time during the pre-filing phase.

Everything Dominion files with the FERC, starting with the pre-filing request and continuing through all phases of the ACP project, will be provided in this section. The FERC’s responses to filings also will be included in this section.

Information Materials

Regulatory Documents

General project descriptionProposed facilities, purpose and need for the project, construction and restoration methods, maps, alignment sheets, plot plans, non-jurisdictional facilities, schedule, landowners, land requirements, permits and authorizations, future expansion, etc.
Water use and qualityGroundwater, surface waters, and wetlands.  Includes information on aquifers, public and private wells, wellhead protection areas, and springs.
Fish, wildlife and vegetationDesignated and sensitive fisheries, essential fish habitat, vegetation types, sensitive communities, and special status species.
Cultural resourcesCompliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  Includes consultations, investigations, and reporting.
SocioeconomicsInformation on population and housing, disadvantaged and minority communities, employment and revenue, and infrastructure and transportation for each county crossed.
Geological resourcesGeomorphologic and geologic conditions, mineral resources, paleontological resources, blasting, hazardous conditions, etc.
SoilsErosion, compaction, rock, poor revegetation potential and other possible characteristics of soils, construction and restoration methods, and agency consultations.
Land use, recreation and aestheticsDescription of land use, recreation, and aesthetics relative to the zoning categories crossed (i.e. agricultural, residential, industrial, commercial, etc.)
Air and noise qualityAir quality and environmental noise and vibration surveys and modeling, review of regulations, climate, etc.
AlternativesInformation on major route alternatives and route deviations.
Reliability and safetyCoordination with local agencies, training for local emergency responders, hazards, environmental impact, service interruptions, etc.
Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminationStatement of compliance with Environmental Protection Agency standards for replacement, abandonment by removal, or abandonment in place of pipeline facilities determined to have PCBs in excess of 50 ppm in pipeline liquids.

Contact FERC

To provide comments, contact FERC:

U.S. Mail:
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
888 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20426
Docket #: PF15-6-000

Online:www.ferc.gov/help/how-to/ecomment.asp - Subject Line: Docket #: PF15-6-000

eSubscription Service

You can sign up for the FERC’s eSubscription service to be notified by email about project submittals and issuances. Public documents can be downloaded as well.

  • Gov. Terry McAuliffe, VA
  • Del. William Howell, VA, Speaker of the House of Delegates
  • Del. Kirk Cox, VA
  • Sen. John Cosgrove, VA
  • Sen. Louise Lucas, VA
  • Sen. Frank Wagner, VA
  • Del. Lionell Spruill, VA
  • Del. Mark Sickles, VA
  • Del. Roslyn Tyler, VA

  • Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, WV
  • Del.Tim Miley, WV, Speaker of the House of Delegates
  • U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, WV
  • U.S. Rep. David McKinley, WV

  • Gov. Pat McCrory, NC
  • U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, NC
  • U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, NC
  • Rep. George Holding, NC
  • Rep. Mike McIntyre, NC
  • Rep. Charles Graham, NC
  • Rep. John Szoka, NC
  • Rep. Ken Waddell, NC
  • Rep. Marvin Lucas, NC
  • Rep. Michael Wray, NC
  • Rep. N. Leo Daughtry, NC
  • Sen. Angela Bryant, NC
  • Sen. Brent Jackson, NC
  • Sen. Michael Walters, NC
  • Sen. Ronald Rabin, NC
  • Sen. Bill Rabon, NC

  • Buckingham County, VA Board of Supervisors
  • City Council of the City of Roanoke Rapids, NC
  • City Council of the City of Lumberton, NC
  • Robeson County, NC Commissioners
  • County of Sampson, NC Commissioners
  • Northampton County, NC Commissioners
  • Prince Edward County, VA Board of Supervisors
  • PPG Fiber Glass, NC
  • PCS Phosphate Company, Inc., NC
  • Kordsa, Inc., NC
  • Skyware Global, NC
  • Franklin Southampton Economic Development, VA
  • Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, VA
  • Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, WV
  • Johnston County, NC Commissioners
  • Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce, VA
  • Virginia’s Gateway Region, VA
  • Virginia’s Growth Alliance, VA
  • Alamac American Knits, LLC, NC
  • Greater Richmond Partnership, VA
  • Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, VA
  • Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce, VA
  • Virginia Poultry Federation, VA
  • Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education, VA
  • Virginia Manufacturers Association, VA
  • Virginia Chamber of Commerce, VA
  • Virginia Oil and Gas Association, VA
  • Fredericksburg, Regional Alliance, VA
  • Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce, NC
  • North Carolina’s Northeast Alliance, NC

If your company is interested in being a supplier to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, complete our Atlantic Coast Pipeline Supplier Interest Form, and email it to:  acpvendor@dom.com.

The photos below are examples of natural gas pipeline construction and post-construction site restoration.

Gas pipeline construction

Gas pipeline post-construction

Landowners with Questions
Call toll free at 1-888-895-8716 and one of our right-of-way representatives will follow up with you within 48 hours from Monday through Friday.

Non-landowners
Call toll free at 1-844-215-1819 or send us an email and we will respond within 48 hours from Monday through Friday.

Mailing Address:

Atlantic Coast Pipeline
701 E. Cary Street,
Richmond, VA 23219

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