An Augusta County board is reviewing a proposal by Dominion Energy to build a construction yard for its Atlantic Coast Pipeline on 34 acres of farmland near Churchville.

Pipeline opponents are rallying against the proposed site.

The energy company needs to get a special use permit from the Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals to allow a construction yard on agricultural land.

Dominion is leasing 34 acres of this farm along the scenic highway across from Union Church Road.

It would serve as a home base for crews for over two years as they build a 29-mile section of the pipeline.

The yard would house vehicles, equipment, construction materials, and office trailers.

Dominion says crews would meet there in the morning and then head out to the pipeline route.

Opponents worry it will add too much truck traffic on winding, country roads and damage the farmland.

“This is an inappropriate place in the middle of an agricultural area to put a construction – an industrial complex is what it’s going to be,” says Nancy Sorrells, co-chair of the Augusta County Alliance. “To put this here, it’ll be an eyesore. It’ll be a danger.”

Others agree that this proposed land is not an ideal area.

Read more:    http://www.nbc29.com/story/37184645/augusta-county-reviews-proposal-for-dominion-energy-construction-yard

NBC 29 – Emmy Freedman – 01.03.18

Posted by: Nelson Bailey

 

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