Frequently Asked Questions
We know you have questions about the project and safe practices. See below for answers to many commonly asked questions.
Will the pipeline be built on my property?
The Chickahominy Pipeline is a private company and not a publicly regulated entity. As a private entity, we do not have “eminent domain” rights that seek to condemn privately owned property. Often, that is a painful process, and the landowners have limited recourse to dispute payments for the condemned property. Our process is entirely on a volunteer basis, and assuming your property is found to be suitable, we will strive to negotiate a fair value for the easement.
Why do you want to survey my land?
Surveying land goes beyond the thought of solely using the property to build a pipeline. Actually, our plan is to bury parallel to 40% of the existing utility corridors to decrease construction.
When planning new facilities, surveying ensures we take into account the vegetation, endangered species, waterways and cultural and historic sites so Chickahominy Pipeline can protect these resources for future generations.
During surveying, we try to minimize the duration and number of visits for the comfort of the landowner. Not to mention, we will not survey until we have your permission.
Want to learn more about surveys? Find our Survey Permission and Understanding Surveys information that landowners received below.
Why are you disrupting the community?
Chickahominy Pipeline is not here to harm the community; we are here to aid the growing Virginia economy. As more business and industry floods the area, more strain is put on our cities’ electrical grids.
The long-term goal for the Chickahominy Pipeline is to feed the Chickahominy Power Generating Station, which will manage and distribute energy in a green way, even setting green infrastructure that generations will use to come. Our transition to renewable energy will help prevent widespread blackouts as experienced by states like California and Texas.
Why are we not investing in solar or wind power?
The recent electricity shortages in California and Texas were partly due to an over-reliance on weather-dependent renewable energy. Our cities’ electric grids need more dependable baseload generation (equipment to serve normal operations around the clock).
For example, California relies on solar panels for energy. Since solar panels require sunlight, there is an inadequate supply of electricity after sunset. Not to mention, the state’s peak electricity use occurs during the evening. In Texas, the cold and low winds caused citizens a blackout due to its reliance on wind turbine energy.
The Chickahominy Pipeline will begin as a natural gas transport with the intent to move Green Hydrogen. This switch to a 100% renewable source for electricity won’t leave you in the dark.
Won’t the pipeline hurt the economy?
There are many area benefits to the Chickahominy Pipeline and Chickahominy Power projects. With the project, there is a potential for high-paying employment. We anticipate offering short-term and long-term jobs between the next three to four years.
Not to mention, the pipeline will help boost and support local businesses based on the spending of industry workers and associated suppliers and contractors.
What are the environmental consequences of the project?
Allowing us to survey the land is a great way to prevent the disruption of vegetation, endangered species, waterways and cultural and historical sites. We are also investing in green infrastructure for the future, ensuring our environmental stewardship.
The Chickahominy Pipeline will have a Hydrogen Hub (green power) to reduce greenhouse emissions and our carbon footprint. The proposed project also includes air-cooled power generation turbines, an effort to mitigate groundwater impact.
Virginia has a plan to be carbon-free by 2045. The Chickahominy Power project will aid this goal by being ready to start using 30% Blue Hydrogen as soon as it becomes available and will be prepared to transition to 100% Hydrogen. Our innovative engineering design of using carbon-steel pipes allows us to make the easy transition from natural gas to hydrogen transportation without additional construction. By putting in a plan for cleaner infrastructure now, we can help our future.
What happens to the land after construction?
After the construction of a pipeline, we will restore the land. We will re-seed the ground surface, and we will work with landowners who agreed to a “right-of-way” to repair any damages they might have incurred, returning properties back to their approximate original state. Chickahominy Pipeline has procedures and plans to protect the land before, during and after construction.
The land restoration process is visible and keeps our roadways and lands green.
Weather-dependent renewable energy can have long-term effects on the habitat of native plants and animals during and after construction.
Why is Chickahominy Pipeline not seeking Virginia SCC approval?
The Chickahominy Pipeline is a single-use pipeline. Its sole purpose will be to feed the Chickahominy Power Generating Station. That means we will not be selling natural gas to other companies and therefore do not require Virginia SCC approval.