Construction contract signed for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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RICHMOND and BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A joint venture of four natural gas pipeline construction companies has been selected to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline if the project is approved.

Dominion announced Wednesday it has signed a construction contract with Spring Ridge Constructors, LLC, which is comprised of Price Gregory International, Inc., which is part of Quanta Services, Inc.; U.S. Pipeline, Inc.; SMPC, LLC; and Rockford Corporation, a Primoris Services Corporation company.

Spring Ridge will act as the ACP's lead construction contractor.

"We are excited to work with SRC, which has assembled four of the nation's leading and most-qualified pipeline builders for this project," said Diane Leopold, president of Dominion Energy. "These companies have extensive experience in building large-scale, complex projects like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and their commitment to safe construction practices and best-in-class standards align with our expectation for the project."

The project is waiting on approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Construction is scheduled to being in the fall of 2017 on the project that will extend from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina.

Last month, FERC issued a Notice of Schedule, which established a timeline for the rest of the project's federal environmental review process.

Based on that schedule, the ACP expects to get a FERC certificate either late summer or early fall of 2017.

Dominion says thousands of workers are expected to be hired for the natural gas pipeline project.

The project would go into service in late 2019.

Meanwhile, a new group has launched a campaign calling for the community to veto a natural gas compressor station that would serve the ACP.

The station is proposed for Union Hill in Buckingham County.

Concern for the New Generation held a press conference Wednesday, directing an appeal to the Buckingham County Board of Supervisors to block the 57,500 horsepower compressor station.

"The Buckingham County Board of Supervisors must assess the impact of the proposed compressor station on the environment and on public health," said Paul Wilson, the pastor at the Union Hill and Union Grove Baptists churches. "Must of the pollution emitted from the proposed compressor station is toxic or can cause cancer. For example, formaldehyde impacts health at very low levels. Exposures to as little as 0.1 to two parts per million causes irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. At five to ten parts per million, people experience cough, tightness of the chest and eye damage."

An organizer with the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League says the compressor in Buckingham County compressor would be the largest of three that will be built for the pipeline.

There is a public hearing of the Buckingham County Planning Commission scheduled for Sept. 26.

ACP needs to get a special use permit from the county Board of Supervisors in order to build the compressor.

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