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Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Proposed route of the ACP. Click to enlarge.

Proposed route of the ACP.
Click to enlarge.

Duke Energy and Dominion Resources want to build a 600-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from fracking fields in West Virginia and Pennsylvania to power plants in North Carolina. The project is part of a major shift to make gas “the backbone” of Duke Energy’s future, according to Duke’s current CEO Lynn Good.

NC WARN is actively opposing this Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). See our detailed fact sheets below.

Other groups working against the ACP include the Alliance to Protect Our People And The Places We Live (APPPL), Frack Free NC, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and a coalition of Virginia organizations including the Allegheny Blue Ridge Alliance.

In November 2017 the News & Observer editorial board came out against the ACP and published a half-page of passionate letters in opposition to the pipeline.

Get involved!

Contact Connie 704/701-6762, to find out how you can help oppose the pipeline.

FERC and State Government Permits

To go ahead, the pipeline must receive permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

In September, the DEQ delayed two permits (water quality and erosion and sediment control), asking the developers for more documentation. Thank Governor Roy Cooper and DEQ Secretary Michael Regan for taking these steps and urge them to deny the permits.

In April 2016, NC WARN petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to accept us as a party in the legal case over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).

We sent FERC a March 2017 letter pointing out that even the agency’s own outgoing Administrator, Norman Bay, recommends re-evaluation of natural gas pipeline projects that take into account not only immediate need but also long-term need, “upstream” environmental effects in the fracking fields and “downstream” effects on greenhouse gas emissions.

FERC released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on December 30, 2016.

On April 7, 2017, we filed comments on FERC’s DEIS on behalf of 20 nonprofit organizations. On October 9, 2017, we filed a motion on behalf of the same groups calling on FERC to supplement the DEIS based on a DC District Court of Appeals ruling on a Florida pipeline that a DEIS must examine greenhouse gases, and on an Associated Press story that the pipeline developers plan to extend the ACP into South Carolina.

Media Reports

Media coverage of the March 4-19, 2017 Walk to Protect our People and the Places We Live

Media coverage of the Nov. 19, 2016 protest walks

New Gas Infrastructure Is Going To Completely Undermine U.S. Climate Goals, ClimateProgress, July 22, 2016

Marcellus/Utica on Pace for Pipeline Overbuild, Says Braziel, Natural Gas Intelligence, June 8, 2016

Dominion wants to put a pipeline through farmland designated for conservation, ThinkProgress, October 14, 2016

Plans for NC pipeline draw protests, News & Observer, November 19, 2016

Hundreds in NC march against planned natural gas pipeline, WNCN TV, November 19, 2016

More ACP media reports

Factsheets & Other Resources

Click the links or images below to see NC WARN’s three ACP fact sheets:

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Briefing by Oil Change International

Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance factsheet — ACP: Wrong for the Allegheny & Blue Ridge Region

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Climate Fact Sheet by Oil Change International and the BOLD Alliance

Atlantic Coast Pipeline page on Dominion Power website

Map of pending pipeline projects from RBN Energy, LLC