Virginia Has a Pipeline Problem

On November 2, 2018, the Washington Post published on its website an op-ed by former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican and a conservative – an op-ed opposing Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. In Virginia Has a Pipeline Problem, Cuccinelli, who was Attorney General from 2010-2014, says he is not opposed to natural gas pipelines, and is not opposed to eminent domain for “appropriate and necessary projects. But I am opposed to captive monopoly customers shouldering the cost and risk of Dominion projects that are rubber-stamped without anyone at any level asking whether the pipeline provides value to Virginians.”

He points out that every Dominion customer in Virginia will “pay hard cash for this unneeded project when the utility bill shows up, thanks to a poorly regulated monopoly scheme that Dominion and its political cronies have constructed.”

He reminds readers that “Dominion Energy Virginia testified before the Virginia State Corporation Commission in September that the company has not analyzed how much the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will cost its customers. That answer is, frankly, shocking, especially after a non-Dominion expert testified that the pipeline would raise power bills by $2.5 billion over the next 20 years. Dominion intends to charge its customers for all of its Atlantic Coast Pipeline contract costs, regardless of whether it actually uses the pipeline.”

And he says, “From my view as a former Virginia attorney general, the process that allows Dominion to do business this way is broken, and Virginia consumers will be left holding the bag.”

Read the full Cuccinelli op-ed here. It will appear in the print edition of the Washington Post on Sunday November 4, 2018.