CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- The Atlantic Coast Pipeline formally filed its application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Friday in order to move forward with building the $5 billion natural gas pipeline.
FERC will have to certify that the project is in fact needed in order to provide cleaner energy.
The 30,000-page application includes a Dominion study and public input.
Dominion and its partners are proposing a 564-mile pipeline from West Virginia, through Virginia and into North Carolina.
The project has faced steep opposition from several landowners, especially in Nelson County, who don't want the pipeline to run through their properties.
Dominion has already completed surveying about 85 percent of a proposed route for the pipeline.
Construction is set to start late next year.
Mike Tidwell, the director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, says the FERC review should consider public health and safety, the environment and the climate too before granting permission.
"Virginia has plenty of clean energy alternatives to building a 564-mile pipeline, and FERC is legally obliged to consider them," saikd Tidwell. "For instance, if Dominion invested its $5 billion in solar power instead of a dangerous pipeline, we could install enough solar panels to power over 400,000 Virginia homes. Installing and maintaining this industry would create 2,500 temporary construction jobs and support 216 permanent jobs annually, plus additional jobs due to lower energy prices over time, and improved health outcomes of workers across the state.