Pipeline would bring little economic impact to Augusta County if constructed, says county supervisor

Published: Dec. 13, 2017 at 6:34 PM EST
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On Tuesday, the Virginia State Water Control Board narrowly approved the sought-after water quality certifications for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline with a 4-3 vote.

If constructed, the pipeline will go through more than 50 miles of land in Augusta County.

Marshall Pattie, member of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors said that moving forward, there's not much the county can do and that the process will be steamrolled.

Pattie said that at this point, it will be more about monitoring the pipeline construction rather than stopping it.

"In the past we've raised a few issues and we've made a few adjustments to the path of the pipeline and if we see any of those problems coming up we'll continue to raise those concerns and go through the process necessary to raise our concerns with the federal government and with FERC," said Pattie.

In terms of helping the economy and providing jobs, Pattie said that the pipeline will not do much for the county.

"I think temporarily it will have a few jobs in this area, there's going to be a few farmers that get some money off of their land but no, it won't have any long term impact," said Pattie.

The Water Control Board conditionally approved the pipeline permits, delaying construction until final erosion and sediment reports are reviewed and approved.