Chickahominy Pipeline Developer Suspends Development Plans After Federal Ruling | State and Area News

The developer of an 83-mile gas pipeline project through five central Virginia counties is suspending the plan following a decision by a federal regulatory commission.

Beth Minear, outreach coordinator for the pipeline, emailed Hanover County government officials on Sunday, saying they were putting it on “pause” due to a Friday ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory. Power Plant Commission. The commission upheld the decision of PJM, a regional multi-state transportation organization, to remove the power plant from its permit queue.

The announcement is good news for naysayers along the proposed pipeline route – from Louisa to Charles City County – who are concerned about negative environmental impacts.

The project, called the Chickahominy Pipeline, would transport natural gas from Louisa County through Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Charles City counties to a natural gas-fired power plant that has yet to be built. This plant would burn the gas to create electricity that would be sold in a large multi-state market.

So the pipeline will put its plans on hold while the developers decide whether or not to continue with the power plant, she wrote.

Separately, in December, the Virginia State Corporation Commission denied an application by the proponent to build the pipeline with CSC approval.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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