MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Four major energy companies have announced a major project to construct a new gas pipeline that will run from Harrison County 550 miles through Virginia and to North Carolina. The $4.5 billion to $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline project is a joint effort between Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources.

The pipeline will deliver natural gas collected from Marcellus shale well sites in West Virginia to growing markets for additional customers in Virginia and North Carolina. It will provide a direct route for access to production in the Marcellus shale and Utica shale basins in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

“It is absolutely the biggest project I have ever worked on in my career,” Managing Director for Appalachia for Dominion Energy’s Bob Orndorff said Tuesday.

The $5 billion is just the investment for the pipeline and estimates at least another $1 billion investment on the back end to get the gas to market according to Orndorff.

The exact route for the pipeline is still being mapped out. Orndorff said survey crews are examining the proposed route through Lewis, Upshur and Randolph counties, adjusting the route based on topography and other environmental factors.

“We’ve got an idea where the route will go,” Orndorff said.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said West Virginia is proud to continue its legacy as an energy-producing state.

“For many years, we’ve worked hard to make the most of the Marcellus and Utica Shale developments in West Virginia,” Gov. Tomblin said in a statement. “We continue to be optimistic about the existing and future opportunities this industry brings to the Mountain State, and today’s announcement by Dominion has the potential to create good-paying jobs for our hard-working men and women.”

House of Delegates Speaker Tim Miley said the project is another aggressive step forward in West Virginia’s continually expanding economy.

“The growing Marcellus Shale industry is rapidly becoming an important factor in West Virginia’s economic future, and this pipeline, which carries such great promise, is fantastic news – a great opportunity to continue drilling for gas and transporting it around the country,” Miley said in a news release. “This expanded distribution network will have a positive impact on the natural gas industry, from the largest gas producers to the small royalty owners, but more importantly, bring revenue to West Virginia taxpayers.”

If all the permits are approved on schedule, Orndorff said construction of the pipeline would begin in 2016 and the goal is to have it operational by 2018.


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  • concerned

    This pipeline is not good for us. It will destory our land and water. Fracked gas is not what we need here. There are so many opporunities to develop our state in cleaner ways. Shale drilling is extremely hazardous to the health of those in the region. The process is high on water use and waste. Every drop of water used in this process is no longer usable and the chemicals are carcinogenic and non-removable. We are losing our water everyday due to this drilling. Radioactivity is being dredged up from inside the Marcellus shale. Injection wells and bad cement casings threaten our underground aquifers. This pipeline will go further to devalue property. Why are we doing it? So that a few corporate big-wigs can get rich? This is not a done deal. The people can resist. Do not sign a lease with them. Keep your land and make them take it by eminent domain. More of your rights will be preserved this way. If you give it away, you sign away your rights and those of your children and grandchildren. It is time we mountain people stopped lying down for gas, oil, and coal barons who get rich on the backs of the poor, keeping us that way. Resist and hold out for green energy. It is just around the corner. The Marcellus boom is about to bust.

  • David Root

    Cool I love good news in time like this. Our work has held strong for a number of years due to natural gas boom all over the country . But many family's have had there lives turned up side down through these years because of the economie in this country. We have been blessed.

  • Daniel Pittman

    I am CPWI+
    If anyone hiring inspectors for this line, please give me a number to call, or address to send my information.
    Thanks, and I am glad for the West Virginia Community!

  • C.H

    AMEN, it is time that WV reep the beniffits of our God Given natural resourses. In a state of less than two million persons we should not be at the bottom of all the good list and the top of all the bad.. We should Never fall short on revenue that benifits All citizens of this state. We should not be nickled and dime to death on personal properety tax and other tax and fees on the back of people of this state when we have soo many natural resoures that result in making millions of dollars for out of state intrestest.

  • Bob Murto

    West Virginia voters need to turn out and elect Republicans that will do away with the
    prevailing wage laws; this will open up free
    labor markets. The gas lines going through
    WV could be a selling factor for companies
    that use a great deal of power (like aluminum). Getting rid of the trial lawyers
    that give West Virginia a bad rap would
    also help.
    The resources in this state could make
    WV the richest in the east; but we need
    people with vision and not the same old
    go along to get along mindset.

    • andy

      How the hell will getting rid of prevailing wage jobs help anything but company's to make more money and pay you less. Please be informed about wage paid out and money by these company's

  • wvangler

    The routing is of concern. This could potentially have negative impact on some of our few remaining roadless areas and high quality native brook trout streams in the MNF. We need to ensure that the routing is done with minimal impact. We should not be willing sacrifice the wild and wonderful part of West Virginia when there are viable alternatives routes. I'm not anti-energy. Some places are just too special and should be avoided. It is unfortunate that so many believe you have to be all-in on any energy measure or else you are a radical. I think there is a reasonable approach and we need to insist on that balance to maintain our best wild and wonderful qualities in our effort to create better energy developments. I am hopeful that Dominion/Duke will work with stakeholders to ensure the best interests of West Virginia.

    • The bookman

      Looking at the proposal, I don't see a traverse into the roadless areas of Otter Creek, Laurel Fork North/South, or Cranberry. It appears to move through Southern Randolph and Northern Pocahontas into Virginia. Your concerns about WV wilderness and native streams should be assuaged. From one TU Member to another....

  • Roger

    And another thing. the Legislature and the Governor need to work together to get the severance tax on gas up to where it is on coal. No wonder these large companies are so eager to drill for and remove all the gas from West Virginia that they can, before the tax goes up to where it should be, if it ever does. If they are going to reap the millions in profits, then let them pay our state a fair tax to offset the loss of coal. Look out rainy day fund to balance the budget again this year, all because our lack luster legislators cannot figure out the game the big companies are playing. Disagree if you wish, but the facts are the facts.

    • Guardian

      Yep, tax potential employers into oblivion. That's the ticket.

      JOBS - much more tax revenue to be had from folks actually working for a living and making a competitive income. Those folks buy homes (property tax), cars, boats, trailers (personal property tax), and spend money on consumer goods (sales tax). Did I mention income tax?

      • Dave

        Voting fixes this problem. Vote for those who promote the good will of the country not their pocketbook.

  • Jeff

    I envision this line will start and end in WV. We'll see if the folks in VA and NC are as eager to sacrifice their land as the folks in WV.

    • The bookman

      The folks in NC need the fuel for electric. They will have little difficulty convincing themselves of its worth.

      • Jeff

        LOL...I'm sure that what the victims in the path are thinking

        • The bookman


          It's not a tornado, it's a NG pipeline.

          So, you are anti black rock, and think NG is a bad idea as well. Do the people whose health for which you advocate know that you would have them live in the dark, without heating or air conditioning, or hot water. What do you think the impact would be on the American lifespan if we return to the Stone Age? Unless you have a method to replace 70+% of our base load, that is what you are proposing.

  • Joe

    I also see a similarity between WV's shale reserves and Alaska's oil. I would like to see a similar program where all tax paying WV citizens are paid a royalty check annually like they do in Alaska.

    • Guardian

      You might need a republican governor and a republican State Senate and a republican House of Delegates to EVEN BEGIN to have that discussion . . . like they did in Alaska.

      • Joe

        Agreed !

  • Big Game

    I just hope the state is able to reap the benefits of all of our resources leaving the state. The State should tax this and fund road projects, pay raises for state workers, and lower the price of propane and natural gas to residents.

    • Jay

      Yes, and is this about all the money the state has reaped from the
      Coal industry over the years?
      Taxes on those that remove our resources must go up.
      Are we one of the only states that export natural resources and still pay an individual income tax?

  • Monty Burns

    Wonderful news.

  • Guardian

    Excellent news. You can have all the gas in the world, but if you do not have a way to deliver it to market, then it is worthless. This project gives us another gateway to the market.