New Map (July 2017): ACP Route in Nelson County
Friends of Nelson’s Ben Cunningham has produced an interactive map showing the ACP route through Nelson County. See the map here (21MB so it may take a few moments to load). The 125 foot clear cut ACP right of way is shown in orange, the 1100 blast radius zone in light orange, and the access roads in red. You can zoom in by clicking control-+. Where is your property on the map?
Current Proposed ACP Route (December 2016)
On this map from Dominion of the entire proposed ACP route, the currently proposed route is in yellow, the original and other older proposed routes are in pink. Enlarge the map several times and you will be able to see the Dominion parcel numbers, which are the parcel numbers shown on correspondence from Dominion. Dominion’s parcel numbers are different from Nelson County tax parcel numbers.
Access Roads (First announced April 2016)
Dominion has proposed 206 miles of access roads for the western section of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline between Buckingham County, Va. and Harrison County, W.Va. Access roads can be as problematic as the pipeline itself and may be subject to even less regulatory oversight.
Some roads are new. Others involve enlarging and reworking existing roads and trails to accommodate heavy construction equipment and large transport trucks for hauling 40-foot sections of 42-inch pipe. Low impact forest roads and trails, undisturbed watersheds and ridge lines, and private drives and farm roads will become permanent industrial corridors.
Twenty miles of proposed roads would be in the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests, nearly doubling the impact of the ACP on our national forests, and intruding on unfragmented natural landscape, endangered Indiana bat habitat, native brook trout streams, Special Biological Areas, and popular public recreation sites.
Will Dominion ask to build access roads on your property? Check one or more of the maps below.
Access roads are in yellow, pipeline routes in red and blue.
- Access Roads Map #1: Blue Ridge Parkway to E. of Rte. 151
- Access Roads Map #2: Rte. 151 to 29/Woods Mill
- Access Roads Map #3: 29/Woods Mill through Wheelers Cove
- Access Roads Map #4: Wheelers Cove to Dutch Creek/Elma
- Access Roads Map #5: Dutch Creek/Elma to Glade Road
- Access Roads Map #6: Glade Road to James River
For more information, see Ground Truth about ACP Access Roads, another in the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition Story Map series. On the DPMC Story Map page, you can enlarge the map and scroll across Nelson County (or anywhere along the proposed route) to see where access roads are proposed. One of the largest crosses the Monroe Institute and Roberts Mountain towards the Davis Creek area, one of the areas most devastated by Hurricane Camille.
To look at access maps across the entire proposed route, see the supplemental ACP information filed in April 2016 with FERC, which includes topographic maps for temporary access roads to be built and used during construction. The file is large, but the Nelson route, moving west to east, is on pages 51-57 (these maps are listed separately above as Access Roads Maps #1-#6) Notice the length, number, and locations of the temporary access roads, and check to see if your property is affected. Also included are water impoundments which may indicate areas where they plan to drain our rivers and streams for hydrostatic testing and manual shut-off valves. Temporary work spaces are noted in light green, but difficult to spot in some cases. Free Nelson counted 25 temporary access roads in Nelson. FERC submittals and information from local landowners at the time indicated that in some cases private property owners were not notified of access roads crossing their properties.
Dominion Route Changes in Nelson, March 2016
Dominion has adopted two route variations in Nelson County. One straddles Hwy 29 and the other is in Horizons Village. They explicitly rejected alternatives crossing at Rockfish Gap and along Rt. 56. Read the entire filing, which includes maps, discussions of the alternatives, and their answers to archeological/cultural concerns on specific parcels.
Detailed Route Maps from Dominion’s September 2015 FERC Filing
Detailed route maps for our area are included in Resource Report 1, part 2 (topographic route maps) and part 4 (aerial route maps). Scroll down to the heading for “FERC Application – Sept. 2015.” Click on the + signs to expand the tables of contents. Listed below are the maps for our region:
Nelson County topographical maps (individual maps, west to east along route, Sept. 2015 filing):
Nelson County aerial maps (individual maps, west to east along route, Sept. 2015 filing)):
- Aerial map 1
- Aerial map 2
- Aerial map 3
- Aerial map 4
- Aerial map 5
- Aerial map6
- Aerial map 7
- Aerial map 8
Dominion provides excellent maps of the proposed route on their Web site, see https://www.dom.com/corporate/what-we-do/atlantic-coast-pipeline/maps.
Additional Maps of Interest
Dominion has an interactive map of their possible route changes through Augusta and Nelson. You can access the map here. To find the potential alternatives, you have to play with the “layers” which is the symbol that looks like a stack of paper, which is in the row of symbols under the words “Atlantic Coast Pipeline” in the rectangular green box. Click on the “layers” symbol and then click to check Alternative Survey Corridor on the drop-down menu. You can enlarge the map (with the + and – signs on the top left corner) and move the map around by holding the right click button and moving your cursor. On this interactive map the original route is in yellow, and the potential alternatives are green.
An additional Dominion overview map (not interactive) may be found here.
The picture above shows the originally proposed pipeline path over the Blue Ridge into the northern Rockfish Valley and the picture below shows the alternate route over the mountains into the southern part of the Valley. Many thanks to Irene Volenick, who made these maps so we could visualize the paths better! More to come.
A Nelson citizen has submitted to FERC an alternative route that would up Dominion’s “best effort” of using 12% existing utility corridors (if they adopted all their currently proposed alternatives) to 50% existing utility corridors … Point? Dominion is full of bogus excuses. See full letter to FERC here. Maps of the alternative route are included.
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