CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has approved the state's “Stormwater Associated with Oil and Gas Related Construction Activities General Permit,” also known as the “Construction Stormwater Permit.”
"The pipeline construction stormwater permit allows WVDEP and its enforcement officers to oversee construction activity along the full route of the pipeline including water crossings, uplands, and every other part of the impacted surface through which the pipeline crosses," officials from the WVDEP stated.
According to Dominion Energy officials, the permit has been reviewed for over three years.
North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality also approved the state's water quality certification for the pipeline.
Both permits are one of the final permits needed from their respective states.
Tree felling and vegetation clearing has begun in West Virginia and is expected to continue through the end of March.
Dominion Energy officials say they still have to obtain "receive a few remaining approvals from other state and federal agencies," before they request a Notice to Proceed from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which would allow full constrction on the pipeline to begin.