Update: February 14, 2022
Chickahominy Power, LLC has notified Hanover County that it is hitting "pause" on its project and that the previously scheduled public open house on Feb. 21 in Montpelier has been cancelled.
According to a message to Hanover County leaders on Sunday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has upheld a decision to remove Chickahominy Pipeline from the permitting queue.
The correspondence read: "PJM has opined that other projects in its queue are nearer to operation-readiness. Although Chickahominy Power may reenter the PJM queue in the future, in light of this regulatory set-back as well as the uncertainty remaining with the SCC, Chickahominy Pipeline needs to press 'pause' on its pipeline efforts until its sole end-user, Chickahominy Power, is in a position to move forward. The planned Open House for February 21, 2022 is cancelled.
"As such, Chickahominy Pipeline will be suspending its project at this time, while Chickahominy Power evaluates its next steps. Chickahominy Pipeline extends our sincere appreciation and gratitude to those entities and individuals who were critical thinkers and either early supporters or lately-supporters for this much-needed and critical infrastructure project. We also appreciate those governmental officials who gave the project an open mind and fair shot, and hope that, if Chickahominy Power resumes its place in the PJM queue, that you will again support the Chickahominy Pipeline effort to fuel it."
Chickahominy Pipeline representative appears before Board
On Wednesday, Jan. 12th, a representative of Chickahominy Pipeline LLC appeared before the Board of Supervisors to provide an overview and answer questions on their plan to build a natural gas pipeline through five counties, including Hanover, in order to serve a proposed natural gas power plant in Charles City County.
No action was taken by the Board of Supervisors during the meeting on this topic, as this was not a public hearing. The Board of Supervisors had asked citizens to submit questions to be presented to the Chickahominy Pipeline representatives, and the questions were provided in advance to Chickahominy Pipeline LLC. These are the answers provided by Chickahominy Pipeline (PDF). Please note that Chickahominy Pipeline, LLC is the sole provider of this information and that the County cannot attest to its accuracy.
The Richmond Times Dispatch story about what happened at the Board meeting can be read here Version OptionsChickahominy PipelineHeadline.
All Board meetings can be watched live here Version OptionsChickahominy PipelineHeadline and an archived version of the meeting is generally available on the same page the day after the meeting.
Chickahominy Pipeline, LLC is affiliated with Chickahominy Power, based on filings with the Virginia State Corporation Commission. Any questions about the project should be directed to the company at [email protected].
Irfan K. Ali
Information on the pipeline’s potential route was provided by the contact listed in the property owner notice letter.
Chickahominy Pipeline has submitted a petition to the State Corporation Commission requesting a determination the pipeline is not subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction. Hanover County has filed a Notice of Participation and an Answer/Motion for Ruling with the SCC. Links to a case summary, staff details, service list, case activity, case participants and documents are available on this page.
On December 22, 2021 the SCC issued the Final Order that Chickahominy is a public utility and subject to SCC oversight. On January 21, 2022, the SCC agreed to reconsider the order.
News Article: SCC Rejects Pipeline Request
SCC Petition – 9-17-2021
News Article: Chickahominy pipeline seeks to avoid regulation from state commission
News Article: SCC Hearing Examiner Recommends Commissioners Reject Gas Pipeline Request
News Article: State Should Have Oversight Over Proposed Chickahominy Pipeline, Regulator Says
Chickahominy Pipeline hosted a virtual Open House on Thursday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m.; here is a link to the recorded meeting: https://chickahominypipeline.com/news-room/. Please also note that the company’s website is https://chickahominypipeline.com/ if you wish to find out more information. Please note that Chickahominy Pipeline, LLC is the sole provider of this information and that the County cannot attest to its accuracy.
- Virginia Mercury - July 9, 2021 (PDF)
- Chickahominy Pipeline Time for Action (PDF)
- Property Owners to Fight Proposed Gas Pipeline (PDF)
- Counties Fed Up With Less Than Responsive Communication (PDF)
- Central Virginian Article - Louisa Board recap 10-07-2021
- Central Virginian Article - SCC staff recommends utility 10-18-2021
- RTD Article - A total loss 10-20-2021
- Virginia Mercury article SCC Hearing 11-04-2021
- WRIC article - pipeline company left them in the dark 10-10-2021