Company behind mysterious VA pipeline argues state agency does not have jurisdiction

Chickahominy Pipeline LLC wants the Virginia State Corporation Commission to certify agency has no role, paving way to private pipeline development

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Climate and Energy

For Immediate Release

Richmond, VA — On Friday, the company behind the mysterious Chickahominy Pipeline proposed for central Virginia filed for SCC declaratory judgement, requesting the state confirm that the agency responsible for vetting fossil fuel infrastructure construction does not have jurisdiction over the project. The company, Chickahominy Pipeline LLC, has also requested an expedited decision from SCC on the matter, hoping for an answer as to SCC’s jurisdiction by November 1st. If the declaratory judgement is approved, the Chickahominy Pipeline would move forward without any public or governmental oversight from SCC.

In response, Food & Water Watch Virginia Organizer Jolene Mafnas issued the following statement:

“Chickahominy Pipeline’s filing is notable for all the information it fails to include. The proposed pipeline plans to service Chickahominy Power Station which has faced public outrage because if built, the fracked gas plant would pollute environmental justice communities. From the multiple counties this pipeline would run through to the vast number of private landowners’ property that would be needed to build the pipeline infrastructure, this project is a nightmare in the making. Not only should this project receive full governmental and public oversight, but it must be denied if we are to make any progress towards achieving emissions reductions in Virginia. Governor Northam and state agencies must stop this project.”

Contact: Phoebe Galt, [email protected]