Why does Dominion Energy want customers to pay at least $1.5 billion for a new pipeline?
For Dominion Energy, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a sweet deal. For Virginians, it’s a scam. The state already has plenty of pipeline capacity, and Dominion has shown no evidence that it needs more. So why does Dominion want customers to pay at least $1.5 billion for a new pipeline?
Video from the October 27, 2017, hike along the proposed pipeline route among old growth trees on Bill Limbert’s Bath County property. Here landowner Bill talks about the springs and streams on their property. All threatened by construction and blasting causing sedimentation, pollution, forever changing underground channels and streams. He also talks about being in karst geology and why that matters.
In early September 2017, activists kayaked the James River along the planned route of Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The pipeline route goes from West Virginia to North Carolina with plans to connect it to the Transco line, also in Union Hill, where the two will intersect and connect to export facilities.
Dominion plans to build a large compressor station for the pipeline in Union Hill, a historic Black community founded by descendants of freed slaves in unincorporated Buckingham County near the Cumberland State Forest, west of Richmond. Local residents see the pipeline company’s disregard for their community as part of an established history of environmental racism in Virginia.
Video production & reporting contributed by Sammy DiDonato