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Dominion Seeks Permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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Dominion is once against seeking a special use permit in Augusta County. Dominion is once against seeking a special use permit in Augusta County.
Members of the board of zoning appeals in Verona. Members of the board of zoning appeals in Verona.
AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Dominion is once again seeking a special use permit to put a staging area for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Augusta County.

The land in question is a 55-acre property just off Route 250 in West Augusta.

On Thursday, a Dominion representative went before the board of zoning appeals in Verona saying this is the county’s opportunity to have some conditions regarding traffic and safety.

A couple of people spoke in favor of the staging area.

“I think it’s going to help speed the work up,” said Luke Hewitt who owns the proposed staging area. “They’re going to do it. It’s time we pulled together and do whatever we have to do to help everyone to get the job done smoothly. Let’s get it done and let’s just get it out of here.”

However, a majority were opposed to the staging area.

“This specific staging area makes me feel unsafe,” said Gretchen Burgess. “There's going to be 250 men very likely not from this community suddenly invading our community and I feel that there has not been proper care taken for the consequences of that."

The board tabled its decision and will take it up at its next scheduled meeting.

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