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ACP to hold open house

Those following the progress of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) may find an opportunity to learn more about the project and compressor station currently under construction in Buckingham County, and potential job and training opportunities during an event the ACP will hold at Buckingham County Middle School on April 25.

Aaron Ruby

The event, taking place from 5-7:30 p.m., will feature representatives of the project who will be on-site to discuss the progress of the project, a notice from the ACP cited.

“Project team members will be available to share information about construction activities, including safety measures in place to protect the community, our crew members and the environment,” the notice cited.

According to the notice and a Dominion Energy spokesman, representatives from four major trade unions on the ACP project and Spring Ridge Constructors, the construction contractor for the ACP, will also discuss training and job opportunities within the ACP.

Aaron Ruby, spokesman with Dominion Energy, said the four unions involved with the construction of the pipeline include the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), in charge of hands-on activity such as pipeline coating and construction debris removal; Teamsters National Pipeline (Teamsters), in charge of delivering equipment for the project; International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), in charge of operating machinery for the pipeline such as excavators, bulldozers, pipe bending machines and pipe laying machines; and United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada (UA), in charge of welding equipment for the pipeline.

“This was a great opportunity for them to be able to meet with folks from the local community that might be interested in working on the project,” Ruby said about the representatives meeting members of the community.

Concerning the compressor station that runs through Buckingham, Ruby said the station “is a non-union job, so our contractor will do the hiring for that facility. The pipeline construction workforce will be hired by the trade unions.”

Ruby encouraged members of the community to attend the open house.

“We thought this was a good opportunity to inform the community and landowners about what construction is going to look like in your area, and when we’re going to be doing different types of activity in different areas,” Ruby said about the open house.

Buckingham County Middle School is located on 1184 High School Road.