Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality, which is using a Mechanicsville-based environmental consulting firm to review the reams of plans that lay out how a pair of massive pending pipeline projects will manage erosion, sediment and stormwater during and after construction, says the company’s existing work with Dominion Energy doesn’t present a conflict.

However, because DEQ didn’t ask, the agency didn’t initially know about EEE Consulting’s current $44,187 contract with Dominion for environmental work related to microwave towers in Southampton and Suffolk when it hired the company for $2.2 million back in May.

Instead, DEQ asked EEE to divulge current and pending projects with Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC or Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, but not the individual companies that comprise the pipeline developers. Dominion is the lead partner in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

 “The agency learned on June 28, 2017, that EEE conducted an environmental review for a Dominion subsidiary,” the DEQ said in a statement last month. “DEQ is assessing information related to EEE’s existing contracts with Dominion as well as other affiliates of Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC, and Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC.”

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Richmond Times Dispatch – Robert Zullo – 08/09/2017

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