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Atlantic Coast Pipeline


On Oct. 19, 2018 DEQ approved the Erosion and Sediment Control, Stormwater Management, and Karst Protection plans for the project. These detailed plans specify engineering designs that will protect water quality during and after pipeline construction along the 300-mile project that stretches from Highland County to Greensville County. A final report on the plans and process has been delivered to the State Water Control Board.

With the approval of these protection plans, Section 401 Clean Water Act Certification becomes effective. The ACP project now has authorization from the Commonwealth of Virginia to begin construction. Final approval to begin construction is subject to approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, which regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. The final environmental impact statement was issued on July 21, 2017.

  • See Dominion Energy for updates and other links.


Map of Route


  • General inquiries or concerns can be directed to
  • For wetlands and stream crossings:  US Army of Corps of Engineers, 757-201-7652
  • All other concerns should be submitted to FERC: or call 877-337-2237
  • Use DEQ's online form to report specific water pollution and non-compliance incidents to us or call (804) 698-4003

DEQ has authority over certain aspects of this project, and is coordinating its inspections, investigations and compliance efforts with other state and federal agencies.

DEQ: Water pollution, oil spills, waste management
FERC: Forest buffers or tree cutting, wildlife, migratory birds, cultural easements, boundaries, land access
US Army Corps of Engineers:  wetlands and stream crossings  



Environmental Regulatory Tools for Pipelines Factsheet

MVP and ACP Pipeline water certification FAQs (2017)

FERC's website and guide, What do I Need to Know.

Dominion Energy ACP Project FAQs

Featured Topics

Review and Regulation of Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines
Slides and presentation to the State Water Control Board July 19, 2017 
Note: There is a pause at minute 15:45

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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