On July 5, 2020, Duke and Dominion announced that they were canceling the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. See timeline below for more detail. Thanks to all the organizations and frontline, impacted communities that worked so hard for so long to achieve this victory!
Since 2014, Duke Energy and Dominion Energy have been trying to build the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline to bring natural gas from fracking fields in West Virginia and Pennsylvania to power plants in North Carolina.
The project was part of a major shift to make gas “the backbone” of Duke Energy’s future, according to Duke CEO Lynn Good.
Construction of the pipeline was delayed by court challenges, yet Duke kept spending $20 million a week on the pipeline in anticipation of the project’s resumption. Total costs to NC customers could have risen to $20 billion.
Duke and Dominion claimed the pipeline would bring new industry to the counties along the route, but analysis published by NC WARN showed that claim was false.
- 2019 Grist documentary on ACP fight
- Robeson Rises film
- Overview flyer
- May 2020 report: It's Time to Abandon the ACP
- Overview flyer with footnotes
- Climate effects flyer
- Supply problems flyer
- Supply problems flyer with footnotes
- Letter calling on Gov. Cooper to cancel ACP
- Title VI complaint
- Title VI supplement
- FERC comments incl. toxic pipe coatings (July 2020)
- Disposition & Restoration Plan filed with FERC Jan. 2021
- Other legal filings
- Briefing by Oil Change International
- The Case Against the ACP (SELC web page)
- OCI factsheet
- Allegheny Blueridge Alliance factsheet
- Map of pending pipeline projects
Key NC WARN Activities vs the ACP
- April 2017 NC WARN attorney John Runkle challenged the draft Environmental Impact Statement on behalf of 20 nonprofits.
- May 2018 NC WARN and allies filed a federal civil rights legal complaint because the ACP route was chosen based on race and income. Press summary, full complaint, June 7 supplement.
- June 2019 NC WARN and the Energy Justice NC coalition sent a report to Gov. Cooper discrediting Duke’s key selling point – that the ACP would spur economic development – and showing it would cost NC $20 billion.
- October 2019 Duke University climatologist Dr. Drew Shindell, NC WARN and 27 former EPA officials urged Gov. Cooper to stop construction of the ACP and climate-wrecking gas-fired power plants.
- March 2020 Our Climate Emergency Campaign led 70 organizations and thousands of North Carolinians to urge Cooper to stop the ACP and Duke’s gas expansion.
- May 2020 Friends of the Earth and NC WARN published former utility executive Thomas Hadwin’s analysis showing the ACP as an economic loser for Duke investors.
- June 2020 NC WARN and former environmental regulator Bill Limpert exposed that 80,000 improperly stored ACP pipes pose an ongoing toxic air and water risk to communities and increase the risk of a catastrophic gas explosion if the pipes are ever used.
- Throughout we supported and participated in grassroots marches and protests.
Meanwhile, many concurrent NC WARN activities have challenged Duke Energy to stop building gas-fired generation, and to begin replacing all existing coal- and gas-fired power with the cheaper, more reliable approach: renewables matched with storage and energy-saving programs.
Developers of the now-canceled Atlantic Coast pipeline have submitted a plan to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for dismantling the $8 billion natural gas project, which would have crossed West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. SEE ALL Atlantic Coast Pipeline POSTS
Pipeline installation delays leave pipes stored longer than recommended aboveground, where UV light can deteriorate the coatings that prevent corrosion. SEE ALL Atlantic Coast Pipeline POSTS