Wintergreen Resort proposes new location for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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NELSON COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The current plan for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline runs right through the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of the businesses it briefly runs along is the Wintergreen Resort.

"The economic impacts are truly significant for Nelson County and Wintergreen," said Hank Thiess, Wintergreen's General Manager.

He says that the resort is especially nervous about what would happen if something went wrong with the pipeline.

"The pipeline would run right along the only paved entrance to Wintergreen Resort," said Theiss. "In the event of a fire, or a blast from the pipeline, we could trap tens of thousands of people at the resort, without any means of escaping."

The organization Friends of Wintergreen, along with Wintergreen Resort, submitted a 128-page technical filing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday, which they say would prevent the pipeline from being built near Wintergreen.

"There are multiple locations away from Wintergreen that much less disruptive to businesses and the environment, and simply be the right thing to do," said Theiss. "One such location is near Love Gap, the other is ten miles north near Rockfish Gap."

Theiss says he's waiting to see if Dominion or Governor Terry McAuliffe's office will get back to him about the proposal. He says he hopes it happens soon, so that Wintergreen can move on.

"The economic challenge is truly troubling," said Theiss. "Wintergreen has new owners, and plans to build a hotel. The resort should have a bright future, but the pipeline will challenge that."

For anyone interested in reading any of the FERC filing, the full document is attached in the sidebar.

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