ACP receives approval for Blue Ridge Parkway construction

VIRGINIA (WDTV) -- The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has received regulatory approval from the National Park Service for the construction and operation of the pipeline beneath the Blue Ridge Parkway, Dominion Energy officials say.

Officials say the National Park Service issued both the Construction and Right of Way permits for the pipeline.

"The agency concluded that the crossing is consistent with the long-term conservation of scenery, wildlife and cultural resources under the agency’s care. The agency’s approval was reached after more than three years of careful study and meaningful engagement with the public and other agencies," Dominion Energy spokesperson Aaron Ruby stated.

Ruby also said that Dominion Energy consulted with the National Park Service to protect as much as possible, stating "...we adopted the most protective crossing method for the Parkway that will completely avoid surface impacts and preserve public view sheds. Using a technique known as a Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD), the pipeline will be installed through a tunnel 800 feet below the Parkway. This ensures that construction and operation of the pipeline will have no impact on the public use or enjoyment of the Parkway."

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a driving route that connects the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. It is part of the National Park System and is known for its scenery and recreational opportunities.