Far be it from us to suggest the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s recent decision regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is meant to delay a project that finally had begun to move forward. But whatever the intent, that could be the effect.
The DEQ has chosen to subject the pipeline to a stream-by-stream, puddle-by-puddle analysis of the project’s effect on water quality, rather than follow federal rules that allow blanket permitting. Dominion dutifully has replied that it will gladly work with the agency. But the pipeline already received a green light in a draft environmental-impact review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this year. That approval raises questions about the need for another review by the state.