NC WARN stands by our allies charging that Duke Energy and Dominion cut corners so much in planning the Atlantic Coast fracked gas Pipeline, the state water permit must be withdrawn (article 8/14/19). *And we agree that eastern North Carolina – particularly the good people of Robeson County – have been dumped on for far too long.
That includes being worst hit by recent super-hurricanes. Ironically, new science amplifies the case that the huge US expansion of fracked gas, such as by Duke, is making climate extremes worse.
As for claims cited that the ACP will spur economic development, this is a cruel hoax played on the politicians and public. In June we provided Governor Cooper with federal documents showing that Duke and Dominion never planned to make gas available for industry along the eight-county route. The gas is intended for Duke’s power plants, with no delivery points for new industry.
Duke has not and cannot rebut our analysis, which also shows that, if ever completed, the stalled pipeline would cost North Carolinians over $20 billion due to ongoing cost overruns, make energy bills soar and help lock in Duke Energy’s climate-wrecking expansion of fracked gas.
Jim Warren, Durham
Executive director of NC WARN
*News & Observer version was slightly shorter