WASHINGTON (NEWSPLEX) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has just opened a scoping period and scoping meetings to take comments on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
FERC wants to know if area residents think the pipeline should be allowed to cross in the national forests.
There are two questions FERC is asking: Should the U.S. Forest Service issue a right of way for the pipeline, and Should the George Washington National Forest amend its ten-year plan to allow the ACP to cross the forest?
A right-of-way grant would allow the ACP to cross and occupy national forest lands.
The pipeline is not set to use a designated utility corridor through the GWNF, which means the forest's Land Resource and Management Plan would have to be amended to allow the pipeline to cross.
Comments can be filed electronically on FERC's website with the reference ACP Docket number CP15-554-000.
They can also be mailed to Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.
Comments must be submitted by June 2.