- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Residents in three western Virginia counties will have a chance to weigh in a proposed new path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/26Tj7hK ) that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said this week that it will collect comments from the public and agencies on changes to the $5 billion natural gas pipeline proposal.

The companies behind the project revised the route in February to avoid sensitive animal habitat in national forests in Virginia and West Virginia. The new route would affect about 249 additional landowners in Highland, August and Bath counties and parts of West Virginia.

Federal officials will take public comment on the proposal during hearings in Marlinton, West Virginia, on May 20 and Hot Springs, Virginia, on May 21.

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