USFS seeking public comment on allowing pipeline survey

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service says the public can weigh in through March 21 on whether to allow surveys through the George Washington National Forest for a proposed natural gas pipeline.

The energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are proposing a 14.3-mile route through the national forest for the $5 billion energy project. The pipeline would run from West Virginia, through Virginia and into North Carolina.

The Forest Service is seeking comment on a revised pipeline path through the national forest. It rejected an initial proposal because of its potential impact on a rare salamander.

Foresters say they'll use the public comments and an environmental review to decide whether to issue a permit for the pipeline survey.

Dominion Resources is partnering with other energy companies on the proposed pipeline.

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