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VA Water Board conditionally approves Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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Published: Dec. 12, 2017 at 3:34 PM EST
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Amid opposition from water experts and citizens, the Virginia Water Board has approved a conditional permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The Virginia State Water Control Board voted 4-3 to approve a water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, though it is not immediately effective.

According to a release from Aaron Ruby of Dominion Energy, the certification for the proposed fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline is conditional upon the Department of Environmental Quality determining if the water along the pipeline's route would not be contaminated during construction.

"Today the Virginia State Water Control Board approved the state water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a very significant milestone for the project and another major step toward final approval," Ruby said.

Ruby says Dominion Energy will work closely with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to complete all remaining approvals in a timely manner and ensure that all conditions of the certification are met.