New ACP Route to Avoid Proposed Historic District in Nelson County

On this map from Dominion Resources, the red line cuts through the proposed Norwood-Wingina Historic District. The green line is the newly accepted route to avoid the historic district.
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NELSON COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Dominion Resources says the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has adopted another route variation to avoid historically significant sites.

According to a release, the new route is shorter than the original proposed route and will cross fewer privately-owned lands in Nelson and Buckingham counties.

The company says it became aware of a proposal to list the Norwood-Wingina Historic District in Nelson County, where the Monacan Indian Nation and early European settlers once lived, on the Virginia Landmarks Register.

The site has also been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

It is believed there are a lot of historic artifacts in that area.

So the company says it has been working to avoid the proposed historic district, though a report from May 2015 stated the original 6.3-mile route crossed 0.8 miles of the proposed district and 0.6 miles of conservation easements held by the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

The new route is 6.1 miles and will cross 1.1 miles of the VDGIF James River Wildlife Management Area in Nelson County before crossing the river itself.

The multi-billion dollar, interstate natural gas pipeline will travel 550 miles from West Virginia to North Carolina and will be crossing other areas similar to the proposed historic district.

The final application for the pipeline is scheduled to be filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission later this summer.

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