Proposed 550-Mile Pipeline to Take Marcellus, Utica Gas to the Southeast

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By Stephanie Ritenbaugh / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Richmond, Va.-based energy company Dominion has submitted a request asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to begin its environmental review of a proposed $4.5 billion to $5 billion, 550-mile natural gas pipeline.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would bring 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to North Carolina and Virginia.

Four major U.S. energy companies – Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources – plan to build and own the pipeline, which would run from Harrison County, W.Va., southeast through Virginia with an extension to Chesapeake, Va., and then south through eastern North Carolina to Robeson County.

The pipeline would help meet the growing demand in Virginia and North Carolina by providing access to natural gas production from the Marcellus and Utica shale basins of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, according to Dominion.

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