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Virginia Pipeline Proposal Turns Into a Focal Point in Governor’s Race

Southeast Energy News:

Opponents contesting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed route through Virginia are rolling out fresh arguments against the controversial project, which is becoming a flashpoint dividing Democratic candidates running for governor there.

The next administration, which would serve from 2018 through 2021, may have the state’s final say in whether the pipeline is built. Current Gov. Terry McAuliffe backs the pipeline, as does Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who is running for governor.

If new challenges directed to Dominion and state regulators from the non-profit Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition and Northam’s opponent, former U.S. House Rep. Tom Perriello, are not answered to their satisfaction, the coalition says it will go to state court and possibly federal court to block further consideration of the pipeline.

The coalition’s success may hinge in part on whether Perriello, who has been a vocal opponent of pipeline projects, prevails in the June 13 primary against Northam. He is also pushing other candidates in 2017 and 2018 to refuse, as he has, contributions from Dominion Energy – the Atlantic Coast pipeline’s developer – and its sister utility, Dominion Virginia Power.

Perriello says Virginia is “the product of a regulatory environment that has failed to adapt to a new energy economy and that actively discourages new investments in renewables like solar and wind. We have to do better.”

Virginia pipeline opponents escalate as governor’s race heats up

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