40-acre pipe yard on Brushy Fork Rd. is one of just four ACP yards in W.Va.


BUCKHANNON — One of the four construction yards in West Virginia being built in conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is already located right here in Upshur County.

Samantha Norris, communications specialist with Dominion Energy, said the natural gas company received permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission April 12 to build and operate a pipe yard — or contractor yard — in Upshur County on the Brushy Fork Road. Dominion is the primary operator and owner of the 42-inch-wide, 600-mile-long pipeline that’s expected to transport natural gas from Harrison County, W.Va., through Virginia and into Robeson County, N.C.

The yard — which measures just over 40 acres — will be used both as a storage location and meeting place for pipeline workers.

“This is the area where the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will store materials and equipment necessary for construction in this region,” Norris said in an email Tuesday. “This is also where work crews will convene every morning to plan for the day’s activity before going out to the worksite. Every day, our teams will start with a safety and environmental briefing and then will be dispatched to work locations where they will inspect each piece of equipment to ensure operational safety. Once safety and environmental stewardship are confirmed, the work will begin.”

Thus far, FERC has only approved the location of two contractor yards, and the second is located in Halifax County, N.C. In total, Dominion Energy/ACP expects to operate 15-20 contractor yards over the 600-mile footprint of the ACP.

So what’s the status of ACP’s pending construction?

Norris said 200 miles have already been prepped for construction since January when ACP received permission to clear the trees in the ACP’s right-of-way.

“Since then, we also received permission to begin construction in certain areas of the project, such as our recent approval to begin work on the contractor yard in Upshur County, the compressor station in North Carolina and other similar facilities along the route,” Norris said. “We anticipate final approvals for full construction later this spring.”

Dominion says the pipeline will create 3,000 new jobs in West Virginia and inject nearly
$500 million into the economy over a two-year period.

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