Pipeline Vote Delayed

Criticism falls on Governor Northam

December 19, 2018 - 12:11 pm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia air pollution panel is delaying a vote on a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The board voted 3-1 Wednesday to allow additional public comment on a proposed permit for a compressor station in a historic African-American community west of Richmond. The station is needed to pump gas through the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina.

Gov. Ralph Northam recently removed two members of the board, a move that angered minority groups and environmentalists. They said Northam was trying to improperly influence the board to help Dominion Energy, the project's lead developer.

Northam's office said the board members' terms had expired this summer and their removal was unrelated to the compressor station vote.