CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s environmental regulators have approved a construction stormwater permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would carry natural gas southeast from the center of the state.
The Department of Environmental Protection says it covers stormwater discharge associated with disturbance of approximately 2,500 acres (1,010 hectares) of land for the natural gas pipeline along with a compressor station, meter stations, access roads and interconnects.
The 600-mile (965-kilometer) pipeline would extend almost 100 miles (160 kilometers) through five counties in West Virginia, then cross Virginia and bend through eastern North Carolina.
The DEP says the permit gives it inspection authority along the entire route including water crossings and uplands.
Lead developer Dominion Energy says it expects to get remaining approvals to begin full construction by spring and finish by late 2019.