Panel to take closely watched vote on pipeline station

Panel to take closely watched vote on pipeline station

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia air pollution panel is set to take a vote Monday on a key permit for a major natural gas pipeline.

The board will decide whether to allow a compressor station in a historically African-American community west of Richmond that's needed to pump gas through the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Gov. Ralph Northam recently removed two members of the board. His move angered minority groups and environmentalists, who said Northam was trying to improperly influence the board to help Dominion Energy build its new pipeline.

Northam's office said the board members' terms had expired this summer and their removal was unrelated to the compressor station vote.

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