The new proposed tunnel route is not in compliance with the Conservation Agreement. Indeed, according to Dominion's report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commisison, this new alternative route would still pass through .7 mile of Cow Knob Salamander habitat. In addition the new tunnel route would have a greater impact on intermittent and perennial streams and would lnvolve large staging areas that would have a high potential for sediment runoff and pollution of some of our cleanest streams, like the Cowpasture River and Ramseys Draft.
Read article in Richmond Times-Dispatch by Rex Springston, Oct. 30, 2015
Dominion says it would run natural gas pipeline underground to avoid rare salamander