By Brent Kendall
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a partnership in which Dominion Energy Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. are major investors. It would transport natural gas from West Virginia across 600 miles to sites in Virginia and North Carolina. The companies say the project is needed to help meet East Coast demand for cleaner-burning fuel. The pipeline was announced in 2014 but has faced delays, with the current price tag totaling about $8 billion.
Environmentalists argued the pipeline's path could harm ecologically important national forests, with threats of soil erosion and damage to wildlife habitat. They said the project would harm an especially picturesque section of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia located near Reed's Gap and the Wintergreen Resort. The trail runs more than 2,000 miles from Maine to Georgia.
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