ACP to adopt alternate route through national forests

ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE, LLC plans to adopt the GWNF-6 alternate route for its pipeline. The alternative route, in blue, was selected to comply with a request from the US Forest Service to avoid Cheat Mountain and Shenandoah Mountain so as to protect the habitat of certain species found there. The route will reduce total mileage in the national forests by more than one-third, from 28.8 miles to 18.5 miles, but will extend the total length of the project by 30 miles.  Atlantic's special use permit application for its previous  route, shown in red, was denied by the USFS January 19 as that route would have had a negative impact on the habitat of the Cheat Mountain salamanders, the Cow Knob salamanders and the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel.
ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE, LLC plans to adopt the GWNF-6 alternate route for its pipeline. The alternative route, in blue, was selected to comply with a request from the US Forest Service to avoid Cheat Mountain and Shenandoah Mountain so as to protect the habitat of certain species found there. The route will reduce total mileage in the national forests by more than one-third, from 28.8 miles to 18.5 miles, but will extend the total length of the project by 30 miles. Atlantic’s special use permit application for its previous route, shown in red, was denied by the USFS January 19 as that route would have had a negative impact on the habitat of the Cheat Mountain salamanders, the Cow Knob salamanders and the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (Atlantic) has worked with the U.S. Forest Service over the last several months to find an alternative route that avoids sensitive areas in the Monongahela National Forest and the George Washington National Forest.
As a result of these extensive consultations, next week Atlantic will formally adopt an alternative route that it believes will meet the Forest Service’s requirements and provide a viable path forward for the project. Finding a viable route through the national forests is an important milestone for the project and would allow the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to continue its environmental review.
The alternative route was selected to avoid Cheat Mountain and Shenandoah Mountain because of certain species that inhabit those areas, as specifically requested by the Forest Service. The route will reduce total mileage in the national forests by more than one-third, from 28.8 miles to 18.5 miles.
The alternative route will impact approximately 249 new landowners in Randolph and Pocahontas counties in West Virginia, and Highland, Bath and Augusta counties in Virginia. The alternative route will add approximately 30 miles to the total length of the project.
Atlantic is contacting landowners along the alternative route to request permission to survey their properties so the route can be thoroughly evaluated. Atlantic will submit a preliminary analysis of the route to the FERC this week, and plans to hold a series of public informational open houses along the route in early March.

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