In an effort to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Friends of Nelson filed a request for rehearing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday on the commission’s recent decision to issue a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for the natural gas project.
“We request that the Certificate Order and deficient final environmental impact statement (FEIS) be withdrawn and the environmental analysis and public convenience and necessity analysis be redone in a manner that complies with FERC’s obligations pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act,” the 74-page filing says.
The ACP, a $5 billion, 600-mile natural gas project slated to run from West Virginia to North Carolina through Virginia, includes about a 27-mile stretch in Nelson County. FERC approved the project Oct. 13.
Friends of Nelson, an anti-pipeline group, said it filed the request on behalf of 63 property owners and county residents along with four community organizations.
“One thing is clear and that is that Nelson County’s interests are well represented by those who have committed themselves to opposing the ACP,” Friends of Nelson President Ernie Reed, who last week was elected as Nelson’s new Central District supervisor, said in a news release.
Friends of Nelson said in the release that Dominion Energy, the lead partner for the project, and FERC have “failed to provide sufficient analysis and information on the environmental, cultural, historical, economic and socio-economic impacts of the project in Nelson County.”
Friends of Nelson County – Liz Ramos – 11.14.2017
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