Battle escalates over extending comment period on proposed pipeline

Virginia’s two U.S. senators and a member of the state’s congressional delegation want federal regulators to allow more time and public hearings for opponents of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline to have their say.

But a Hampton Roads natural gas company says further delay in the federal regulatory process would harm its customers, and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce called for speedy approval of the pipeline proposed from West Virginia to the southeastern Virginia and North Carolina coasts.

The public comment period for an environmental review of the project at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has become an early battleground over the proposed $5 billion, 550-mile pipeline, with opponents seeking more time and hearings to make their case and supporters warning against any delay in the regulatory process.

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