WVDEP cites Upshur County construction site of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has cited an Upshur County construction site of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The Notice of Violation was issued to Dominion Energy Transmission’s construction site of the pipeline, located in the Tallmansville area of Upshur County, for failing to control erosion and failing to follow water quality rules, according to the WVDEP.

The NOV states that the WVDEP inspector noticed excessive erosion that could have been prevented and water with sediment in it leaving the site without going through an appropriate device.

The WVDEP requests that developers provide a written response within 20 days detailing a plan to correct the problems.

Aaron Ruby, a spokesperson for Dominion, said they are currently drafting a formal response to the inspection report, which they received last week. He said their response will show that all of the issues identified during the inspection have been fully addressed and that all environmental control devices at the Upshur County location are now properly maintained. Dominion has also increased the number of environmental crews working on the project and have enhanced their environmental control devices to reduce the potential for similar incidents in the future, Ruby said.

“We take environmental compliance very seriously,” Ruby said. “As soon as the inspection was complete, we immediately halted all work at the location. We then fully restored all of the erosion control devices at the location to ensure they are properly maintained and preventing sediment from leaving the right of way.”

Jacob Glance, a spokesperson for the WVDEP, said this is the first finalized NOV that has been issued by the WVDEP to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in the state.

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