Projects to restore lands proposed by the sponsors of the scuttled Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Supply Header Project (SHP) appear to avoid or reduce impacts to less than significant levels, FERC staff has determined.
Dominion Energy and joint venture partner Duke Energy last year canceled the 600-mile, 1.5 Bcf/d ACP, designed to run from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina. The related SHP system also was canceled.
Staff with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission prepared a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) following its review of the clean-up plan proposed by ACP and Eastern Gas Transmission and Storage Inc. (EGTS).
ACP and EGTS plan to stabilize lands that were affected by their “previous (and now canceled) construction efforts,” FERC staff noted.
The restoration projects, if implemented under applicable laws and regulations, would reduce environmental impacts to “less than significant levels,” according to the SEIS.
Staff issued the draft last Friday (Nos. CP15-554-009 and CP15-555-007). The only exception noted was regarding potential climate change impacts. For those potential impacts, staff said it was “unable to determine significance.”
As part of the review, FERC staff developed specific mitigation measures that it determined would “appropriately and reasonably reduce the environmental impacts resulting from restoration activities.”
The draft SEIS was prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The comment period for the SEIS is through Sept. 13. FERC then would take into consideration recommendations when it makes a decision on the projects.
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