… Align RNG, a joint venture of Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods, wants to build a regional facility off Route 31 that would turn methane from hog manure into pipeline-quality natural gas…
No decision yet on Surry natural gas project
The Smithfield Times (VA)
January 11, 2022
A proposed natural gas project drew opposition from Surry residents at a Jan. 6 public hearing — leading the county’s Board of Supervisors to postpone voting on the matter.
Align RNG, a joint venture of Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods, wants to build a regional facility off Route 31 that would turn methane from hog manure into pipeline-quality natural gas. TRC Environmental Corp. has filed for a conditional use permit on behalf of Align to allow the project on an agricultural-zoned parcel at Surry’s border with Sussex County.
The proposed facility would serve as a hub for participating Smithfield farms in Sussex, Surry, Isle of Wight and Southampton counties. When hog manure breaks down, it emits methane, a component of natural gas that’s also a greenhouse gas. Align proposes to capture this gas and transform it into a 99% pure product by filtering out its hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide components.
According to company officials, the reduction in greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere from farming operations should be roughly equivalent to taking 22,000 vehicles off the road. The proposed facility would also bring over $243,000 per year in estimated tax revenue to the county, starting in 2023, according to an economic and fiscal impact report prepared for Dominion.
But by the end of the night’s commentary on the matter, chances of Align receiving approval to build the facility as-is on the company’s desired location seemed slim...