by: Jakob Cordes | Posted: Nov 22, 2021 / 06:22 PM EST / Updated: Nov 23, 2021 / 01:01 PM EST
A caution sign identifying a natural gas pipeline in Illinois. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
CHARLES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — On Nov. 15, the State Corporation Commission (SCC) dealt a blow to the Chickahominy Pipeline Company, issuing a preliminary report against its request to be preemptively exempted from regulatory oversight.
The pipeline, which is designed to exclusively serve the proposed Chickahominy Power Station in Charles City County, would stretch across five counties in central Virginia. It would transport gas from a major interstate pipeline in Louisa County to the power plant in Charles City County.
Construction on that power plant was delayed after the company decided to pursue its own pipeline instead of relying on preexisting infrastructure built by Virginia Natural Gas (VNG). VNG opposes the project, saying it impinges on their state-mandated exclusive service territory.