After raising the possibility earlier, Dominion Virginia Power and three other companies say they will definitely move forward on building a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. The route takes the pipeline through Nelson, Buckingham and Augusta. Many residents along the line are opposed. Dominion says it would bring 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to Virginia and North Carolina and create thousands of jobs. Dominion says the goal is to have it in service four years from now pending approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Those opposed to the project can make their feelings known to that agency. Dominion says it will pre-file a request with the Commission this fall, and the full filing would be submitted next summer. They hope to receive approval in the summer of 2016 and begin construction right after that. One of the leading opponents, Charlotte Rea of Nelson County, says landowners against the pipeline will continue to refuse access to their property by Dominion surveyors. Rea says Dominion has failed to show that the pipeline is in the public interest. She says it’s not a case of NIMBY. Rea says her group does not want the pipeline in anybody’s back yard.
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