NELSON COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is changing its route to avoid a couple of places in Nelson County.
On Friday, it submitted additional information to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission showing alternatives, variations and adjustments that have been developed since the formal application was filed Sept. 18.
The alternatives are designed to minimize the impact of the pipeline on environmental, historic and public lands.
In order to avoid impacts on the Cow Knob salamanders, ACP will use a horizontal drill construction in parts of the George Washington National Forest near Shenandoah Mountain.
Another variation will work to avoid a wetland mitigation site and the proposed Warminster Rural Historic District, both of which are along the James River in Nelson and Buckingham counties.
The filing also includes a variation around Cheat Mountain and the Great Dismal Swamp.
FERC is being asked to certify the public benefit and necessity of the natural gas pipeline project that will run from West Virginia, through Virginia and into North Carolina.