Dominion says the line would supply needed energy. Two union officials told the Norfolk council it would create good jobs. And officials from the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance said it would help the region’s economy and federal installations located here.
Many said they worried about possible contamination to drinking water. Several said Norfolk shouldn’t support a pipeline that enables more fossil-fuel pollution – because the city is at risk from rising sea levels as a result of climate change and because renewable energy is the future.
Dominion and Norfolk’s director of utilities, Kristen Lentz, said the risk of water contamination is small. Lentz said the pipeline would be 40 feet below the bottom of the reservoirs, and Dominion has said the entrances and exits would be far away from the water.
The pipeline through Hampton Roads would be a spur off the main route. It’s being built by Dominion Energy and other companies, through a firm called Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC.
Council members rescheduled the vote for Dec. 19. More than 20 people then spoke, most of them opposed to the plan to run the Atlantic Coast pipeline under the Lake Prince and Western Branch reservoirs in Suffolk, which are on land owned by Norfolk.