Environmental group asks federal agency to block pipeline

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A group in Virginia is fighting to keep the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from being built here in the Valley.

The Sierra Club sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission explaining the harm the club believes the natural gas pipeline would do. The Sierra Club is urging the commission to open an investigation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and other pipelines to look into potential conflicts of interest. The club said the project would hurt competition among energy suppliers and potentially trap customers in a monopoly when it comes to the cost of energy.

The letter also said, "Sierra Club has been urging Dominion to move away from fossil fuels to clean energy, and we are actively opposing the ACP due to the threat it poses to the environment, local communities and ratepayers."

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a proposed 550-mile natural gas transmission line that would run from West Virginia through Virginia to North Carolina. The project would pass through Augusta County.

If approved, construction would start next year. The line won't go into service until late 2018.

Dominion says the project would create new jobs and maintain cleaner air.