Governor endorses Dominion pipeline

Citing the reduction of energy costs for Virginians and the creation of thousands of jobs, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe this week endorsed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, an up to $5 billion, 550-mile proposal by a consortium led by energy giant Dominion Resources to build a natural gas pipeline through West Virginia to North Carolina.

The pipeline would pass through more than a dozen mostly rural counties in Virginia (with a spur into the more populous Hampton Roads area). It also supersedes a proposal made earlier this summer by Houston-based Spectra Energy to build a similar north-south pipeline farther east — including through Rappahannock County.

Like the other recent proposals, the Atlantic Coast project has met with significant opposition from environmental groups and conservation-minded landowners. “This is the wrong project at the wrong time,” Chesapeake Climate Action Network executive director Mike Tidwell told The Washington Post on Tuesday. “Instead of touting a massive investment in more communities destroyed by fracking wells, divided by pipelines and wrecked by runaway climate change, [Dominion chief executive] Tom Farrell and Gov. McAuliffe should be announcing a full-scale investment in Virginia’s vast and barely tapped clean-energy resources.”

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