Kaine criticizes federal approval for ACP

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine is criticizing how a federal agency gave approval to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

He says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did not do a good enough job getting public feedback about the project.

Kaine says there was not enough notice for residents about public hearings and some of the hearing were held far from the landowners' properties.

He also said some of the comments that were submitted were not transcribed accurately.

Kaine raised further concerns over how the project to trying to take land through eminent domain.

Some Nelson County residents are still fighting that process in the courts.

“These pipeline projects take people's land, and in most instances the land, the landowners derive no benefit from the pipeline,” said Kaine. “There may be some, further down the line, who derive benefit, but they don't.”

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project has already begun removing trees in Nelson County as well as other places along its path in West Virginia and Virginia.

A pipeline spokesperson says the project has gone through the most thorough regulatory review of any infrastructure project in state history.

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