Buckingham judge to hear arguments over proposed ACP compressor station

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BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A judge in Buckingham County will hear arguments over a proposed compressor station a part of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project.

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is suing the Buckingham County Board of Supervisors for granting a special use permit for a compressor station in the Woods Corner area.

The Buckingham County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the permit previously.

The environmental group alleges the board violated an existing zoning law.

Besides the threat of constant noise and pollution, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League said the compressor station will be built in a historic African American community.

"That's kind of the typical place that they're put, and are put there because the people don't have the resources to fight back," said Sharon Ponton, of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.

In a statement, Dominion Energy said Buckingham County leaders followed the law, and fully supports the decision to grant the permit.

"It was a rigorous and transparent process," said Aaron Ruby, a spokesman for Dominion Energy. "We fully expect the county’s decision will be affirmed by the courts."

The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would run nearly 600 miles from West Virginia to North Carolina, passing through both Nelson and Buckingham counties along the way.

The project received a conditional approval in October from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The project also received approval for tree felling to begin in January, which is already underway in numerous areas.

Besides a few more approvals, construction on the pipeline could begin as early as spring.

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