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Hope Taylor: A tale of two pipelines and the conscience of our state

Hope Taylor
Hope Taylor, Executive Director, Clean Water for NC

We need to look at the way North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality has dealt with two proposed new gas pipelines as they were considered for construction, to see what it reveals about looking at facts and valuing communities in different regions of our state. It’s been 14 months since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a “Certificate of Convenience and Necessity” for the 600 mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, to bring fracked gas from West Virginia to eight eastern N.C. counties. The DEQ has had numerous permits to review, with two of the most important ones being the 401 water quality certification and the air permit for a compressor station to push the gas 186 miles in N.C.

Who is building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and why? Dominion Energy and Duke Energy, two of the nation’s largest electric utilities, say that the ACP is needed to supply much needed gas to the Southeast. But for nearly three years, many of us who follow energy needs and production closely have understood the pipeline to be a boondoggle for two of the nation’s biggest utility companies, Duke and Dominion, to make up to 14 percent profit on the $5.5 billion (now $7 billion!) cost of building the pipeline through rate hikes to electric and gas customers. With electricity demand flat for the two mega-utilities, pipeline building presented a much more lucrative income opportunity. With federal approvals, just building a pipeline, whether it’s needed or ever used, becomes a more profitable bet than generating electricity.

We countered the utilities’ claims of need for more gas and electricity by presenting federal and N.C. regulators with studies from several well-regarded energy and financial analysis organizations, and pointed out that it’s customers, NOT shareholders, who would end up paying for the pipeline. We expected the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ignore those studies — they are infamous as a rubber stamp for pipeline projects, only looking at contracts to purchase the gas to flow through the pipeline. But for N.C. regulators to ignore that information was stunning.

The Dept. of Environmental Quality had multiple opportunities to consider the issues of need and economic and social impacts, and didn’t raise them. Only the NC Utilities Commission pointed out the excessive 14 percent profit margin when the federal approval came in October, 2017. The increased utility rates will disproportionately impact residents with lower incomes. African American and Native American residents and communities will be disproportionately impacted — in fact , it sure looks like several eastern N.C. communities were targeted by the pipeline builders as being poorer and having less political clout.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Extension project announced last year is being built by gas extraction companies rather than mega-utilities, and would enter N.C. in Rockingham and Alamance Counties. We salute the local and regional advocates who got out early and have built opposition to the project through presentations to local governments. Both pipelines are unneeded and would cause disruptions for the community and landowners, as well as safety risks and ongoing leaks of methane, a far more powerful greenhouse gas than the carbon dioxide that Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order on Climate would try to reduce.

While DEQ never argued to the federal agency that the ACP was unneeded, it made exactly that argument to FERC about the MVP Southgate Extension last month. Their analysis acknowledges that there are other pipelines in the same region and the ACP would have only a slight impact on the lack of need for the smaller MVP Extension. We have to ask: Why is DEQ ready to accept a huge fracked gas pipeline in eastern N.C., with its generally much lower household incomes and high percentage of people of color, while questioning the need for the smaller pipeline going through much whiter, higher income counties?

Both pipelines will contribute to worsening climate change, dislocation of residents, unneeded costs, and environmental damage. But what does it tell us about our state’s commitment to fair treatment that the DEQ has raised key questions of need about the smaller proposed MVP Extension, but not about the much larger, more costly Atlantic Coast Pipeline?

Now, while ACP construction has been shut down due to yet another inadequate and illegal federal permit, it’s not too late for our state to put an end to the exploding costs of this unnecessary, unjust and dangerous pipeline for the people of North Carolina.

Hope Taylor is executive director of Clean Water for North Carolina. She has a public health degree in environmental chemistry and biology from UNC Chapel Hill, and was previously a research biochemist at National Institutes of Health and Duke University, and a community advisor under EPA Superfund Technical Assistance program.

NEW!: Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction Updates in NC!

The most recent report submitted by ACP follows the decision by the Fourth Circuit Court to pull two key federal permits. Construction of new activities along the entire route has stopped, but ACP continues to “stabilize” the corridor, which includes laying pipe and backfilling trenches. Drilling under the Tar River in Nash County will push forward, while monitoring of erosion and control devices along the entire route will continue during this work stoppage.

Marvin Winstead, Nash County resident and farmer, points out to the spot where ACP will cut through community streams.

The FrackFreeNC Alliance will be posting weekly summaries of pipeline construction throughout the eight North Carolina to help inform communities on construction timelines, construction violations, and what to expect in their backyards in the coming weeks. Visit ACP Weekly Reports page

Dec. 1, Tar River Flotilla to Stop the ACP in Nash County!

ACP builders are drilling underneath the Tar River, and this is a chance for activists to show your resistance!  There will be a flotilla of canoes and small boats starting at 1:30 PM and floating past the drilling site to a takeout about 2 miles downstream. For those who do not wish to be in boats, there will be plenty of banners, signs, etc. for use on the ground outside the pipeline corridor! We will stay outside the ACP corridor and will NOT BE RISKING ARREST DURING THIS ACTION!

Please fill out the entire Registration Form, including the Waiver of Liability if you are planning to participate either on the river or on land. Hosting organizations will take reasonable precautions to assure the safety of participants in this event. 

Contact event coordinators if you have further questions or would like to help with planning!

Hope Taylor (Promotions team), hope@cwfnc.org
Lib Hutchby (Visuals team), libhutchby5@gmail.com
Marvin Winstead (Canoe/Smal Boats team), marvinwinstead@gmail.com
John Wagner (Canoe/Smal Boats team), john_wagner@sarbo.net

Remember, you must fill out both the Registration Form and the Waiver of Liability to participate in the event on water OR land!

NC Politicians on the Take from ACP Corporate Partners

While influence is a tricky thing to measure, the regular pumping of donations to state and federal legislators and other elected officials by the fossil fuel industry is a majorobstacle to a clean energy transition. And here in North Carolina, one doesn’t have to look farther than the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) as a prime example.

Demand for natural gas is flat or declining. It is entirely possible to meet all our energy needs in NC through renewable  power, such as solar and wind. Not to mention the hype of job creation from the project is gross exaggeration, as only 18 permanent jobs in NC would be created! Why, then, did at least 20 NC Representatives and both Governors McCrory and Cooper roll out the red carpet for Duke and Dominion’s fracked gas pipeline? A quick search on the NC State Board of Elections website provides an answer.

As far back as 2013, Duke and Dominion began lining the pockets of NC legislators representing the counties in the path of the proposed pipeline route with thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. Governor Cooper, who celebrated the permit giving the go-ahead for pipeline construction with a message about economic development, was receiving campaign funding from Dominion in November of 2013, long before the gubernatorial election!

Senator Angela Bryant, who represented three of the ACP-impacted counties up until her resignation, also had received contributions in the thousands from both Duke and Dominion back in 2013, and Representative Garland Pierce for Robeson County has accumulated a whopping $13,100 from both companies dating back to this time.

You can literally take a pen to a map and trace substantial campaign contributions from Duke and Dominion down the path of the eight ACP- impacted counties: Sen. Erica Smith in Northampton, Rep. Jeff Collins in Nash, Rep.  Jean-Farmer Butterfield in Wilson, Rep. Susan Martin in Wilson, Rep. Ken Goodman and Rep. Brenden Jones in Robeson, and many others – have all been buttered up by campaign contributions from builders of the Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipeline, putting their campaign war chests  before the welfare of their own communities and the environment!

Clean Water for NC advocates for state representatives to prioritize the community health, climate, justice and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits, and calls on current candidates to refuse any contributions from oil, gas, and coal industries.

If you want to check if fossil fuel money is going into your representatives’ pockets, you can follow Democracy NC’s easy step-by-step guide to reviewing campaign finance reports. Happy hunting!

“Best in Class” Pipeline Explodes 5 months after installation

(Read Clean Water for NC’s “High Consequence Areas, Blast Zones and Public Safety Along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline” Report)

At 4:20 AM on June 7, a pipeline rupture was reported in Marshall County, West Virginia. “This is truly a best-in-class pipeline and we look forward to many years of safe, reliable and efficient operation.” These were the words used by TransCanada’s president back in January to describe the Leach Xpress pipeline that sent fireballs into the sky early Thursday morning. The fracked gas pipeline installed just five months ago is part of the larger Columbia Gas Transmission network spanning over 10,000 miles throughout Appalachia. While the explosion occurred in the remote area of Nixon Ridge, this area is only 8 miles from Moundsville, a city with a population of about 9,000 and part of the larger Wheeling metropolitan area.

While an investigation is currently underway, this explosion provides an all too real look into pipeline disasters we could face here in North Carolina. Strikingly, the Leach Xpress Pipeline and ACP have exactly the same diameter and operating pressures, and both transport highly explosive fracked gas throughout Appalachia. Even more unsettling, the ACP will be regulated by the same government agency, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in charge of regulating safety measures for the Leach XPress, and has been under fire for lax pipeline inspections in recent years. Former TransCanada materials engineer-turned whistleblower, Evan Vokes, has been very critical of PHMSA inspection standards, stating “PHMSA regulators did nothing to stop TransCanada from building a pipeline that was bound to fail,” remarking of the Keystone pipeline spill back in 2017.

Thousands and thousands of miles of fracked gas pipelines weave throughout West Virginia and the region is very familiar with explosions. Remarking on the Leach Xpress rupture, residents in the area shrugged the event off, with one man stating to a news reporter, “It’s getting to where you look around and it’s like, there goes another one.”

Opening up the floodgates to networks of fracked gas pipelines in North Carolina puts countless communities at risk of explosions and leaks. By approving the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, our state governing bodies have created a situation where children growing up in North Carolina could think of exploding gas pipelines as “normal”, waking up in the middle of the night saying, “Look, mom, there goes another one.”

Concerned Stewards of Halifax County, Nash Stop the Pipeline, Wilson County No Pipeline, No Pipeline Johnston County, Cumberland County Caring Voices, EcoRobeson, Concerned Citizens of Tillery, Concerned Citizens of Northampton County, NC Environmental Justice Network, Friends of the Earth, Clean Water for NC, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, NC WARN

 

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May 15, 2018

ACP Neighbors file Federal Complaint against NC DEQ for Environmental Justice Violations

Groups say approval of Atlantic Coast Pipeline cheated vulnerable residents out of federal civil rights protections for low-income communities and people of color

Durham, N.C. – An alliance of community, statewide and national groups today filed a federal complaint seeking to stop a hotly contested pipeline that would pump so-called natural gas from Appalachian fracking fields into and across North Carolina.  The complaint alleges that Gov. Roy Cooper and several state agencies cheated communities along the proposed pipeline route by skirting requirements designed to ensure that such projects don’t target areas deemed to lack political power due to their racial and economic makeup.

Filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Civil Rights Compliance Office, the complaint calls on the EPA to require three state agencies to overturn the permits granted for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), to require a new environmental justice analysis that adheres to federal law and to conduct a public hearing in eastern North Carolina.  (See attachments here)

The alliance includes community groups from seven of the counties through which the 36-inch, high-pressure pipeline would travel in North Carolina.  The $6 billion project is in the early stages of construction by Duke Energy and Dominion Power and was expected to primarily serve power plants in North Carolina and Virginia, though electricity demand is expected to remain flat for many years.

Robie Goins of EcoRobeson, whose Lumbee family land is being impacted by the pipeline, said today: “Our people live off of the resources that our ancestors fought so hard to protect.  Companies like Duke Energy and Dominion once again are considering those families sacrificial.  It’s time this stops and it’s time to allow the families who are affected the chance to determine what their communities need, instead of outside corporations intruding and deciding that for them.”

The groups say federal and state agencies discriminated on the basis of race and color because they failed to assess the disproportionate impacts of the proposed ACP on communities of color as required under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  They allege that the agencies failed to assess the environmental and health impacts on families and communities along the route caused by construction and operation of the pipeline and its cumulative impacts such as climate extremes that are already impacting the region and are being made worse by the increased use of fracked gas.

Attorneys for the groups say both state and federal regulators paid only passing attention to Title VI when approving the ACP.  The civil rights division was created after analysis showed that, for years, polluters in North Carolina and other states targeted low-income communities and people of color for noxious facilities because they were seen as lacking the political power to stop such projects.

Belinda Joyner, President of Concerned Citizens of Northampton County, said today: “This pipeline will benefit us in no shape, form or fashion.  The economic development types don’t mind harming us, but if a pipeline were planned close to their homes, they’d say it would bring their property value down.  Well, for people of color in sacrifice zones, not only will it bring our property value down, it will kill us at the same time. But do they care?”

In the complaint, NC WARN attorney John Runkle described the curious way federal regulators measured potential ACP impacts on local residents: comparing the incomes of residents close to the pipeline with statewide incomes, while only comparing racial characteristics of residents close to the pipeline with the county in which the project is located.  He noted that the FERC analysis masked large disproportionate impacts on communities of color, particularly Native American and African-American populations along the route.

Valerie Williams, a member of Concerned Stewards of Halifax County and an African American landowner in Halifax County, said: “The land is our family tree and it speaks of legacies, heritage, and memories. No one would take that away from us.”  She resolves, “No pipelines on our valuable historic farms. No Intruders on our land.”

The complaint cites a recent study by the Research Triangle Institute that demonstrates the failure of the federal analysis – which was adopted by the state agencies – along with the ACP’s impacts on communities of color.  RTI concludes, “The counties crossed by proposed ACP route collectively have a significantly higher percentage minority population than the rest of the counties in the state.”

A 2017 analysis by an NC State University professor determined that the agencies failed to acknowledge disproportionately large Native American populations living along the proposed pipeline route, noting that in North Carolina alone, some 30,000 Native Americans live in census tracts that FERC considers to be part of the project area.  Compared to their statewide numbers, the analysis also found that Native Americans are over-represented by a factor of ten along the North Carolina section of the pipeline route.

Compounding the failure to perform a rigorous environmental justice analysis, the regulators refused formal consultation with the tribal governments along the route, according to the complaint.

Naemma Muhammad, co-director of the NC Environmental Justice Network, added: “How many more Title VI Complaints have to be filed before our government takes seriously the concerns of the communities, and is honest and comprehensive about environmental impact statements.  These poor communities of color face an enormously disproportionate burden of a wide range of impacts.”

Gov. Cooper has been criticized from across the political spectrum for announcing – just as a critical state water permit was issued – a deal whereby the ACP owners put up $58 million for mitigation, clean energy projects and economic development.  This raised questions about whether state agencies had completed their review of water and economic development impacts, especially because Duke and Dominion were openly pressing the Governor and NC DEQ for final approvals.

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CONTACTS:

  • Attorney John Runkle 919-942-0600
  • Robie Goins, EcoRobeson and member of impacted Lumbee family 910-734-2814
  • Belinda Joyner, Concerned Citizens of Northampton County (contact via Hope 919-401-9600)
  • Hope Taylor, Clean Water for NC  919-401-9600
  • Therese Vick, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League 919-345-3673

 

A second natural gas pipeline proposed for NC would run through Rockingham, Alamance counties

By Lisa Sorg, NC Policy Watch

An extension of the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline has been proposed for North Carolina, potentially opening the door for fracking operations in Rockingham County.

Known as MVP Southgate, the 300-mile pipeline would extend from Pittsylvania County, Va., into Rockingham and Alamance counties.

Once in North Carolina, the pipeline would route for about 50 miles: east of Eden, north of Reidsville and then into Alamance County, near Graham and I-40.

The routing is ominous because western Rockingham County is one of the areas of the state eyed for fracking. Rockingham County, along with Stokes County, sit atop the Triassic Rift Basin, thought to be a source of methane.

Coincidentally, the state’s Oil and Gas Commission recently reconvened after being on hiatus for several years. Headed by Jim Womack, an avid fracking proponent from Lee County, the commission is expected to restart the interest in natural gas exploration in North Carolina. Chatham and Lee county governments both have established moratoria on fracking; earlier this year, Womack said the oil and gas commission would challenge those moratoria.

Like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which is running through 160 miles in eastern North Carolina, the MVP starts at a fracked gas facility in West Virginia and routes through Virginia.

MVP is owned by a conglomerate: EQT Midstream Partners, NextEra Energy, Inc., Consolidated Edison, Inc., WGL Holdings, Inc., and RGC Resources. PSNC Energy, which serves North Carolina, has committed to using the gas should the Southgate portion be built.

Since the Southgate portion of the MVP was not in the original proposal to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the extension would need its approval.

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Sends Letter to Gov. to Stop Harassment and Surveillance by ACP, LLC Security Contractors

March 23, 2018

The Honorable Roy Cooper
Governor
State of North Carolina

Dear Governor Cooper:

On behalf of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), I write to urge you to protect North Carolina communities from security firms representing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The oil and gas industry’s activities to oppress opposition and sway opinion are well documented. For example, in North Dakota, peaceful water protectors were shot with rubber bullets, sprayed with water cannons in sub-zero temperatures and had dogs set on them.

In North Carolina, private security operatives have been and continue to be active in counties in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). During the summer of 2017, I attended a meeting of the Johnston County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) where representatives of the ACP were presenting. A speaker who identified himself as Dominion security described his trip to Standing Rock, North Dakota, and then proceeded to tell the attendees that Dominion was “monitoring potential resistance, including local opposition” to the ACP. The implications were clear, and his further comments were a not-so-subtle attempt to paint local opponents as “radicals”— local citizens like the teachers, farmers, ministers, firefighters, doctors, parents and grandparents throughout the eight counties targeted by the ACP. Similar comments were reported from LEPC meetings in Nash and Robeson Counties.

At public hearings, private security firms for Dominion/ACP have been observed photographing people who spoke in opposition to the pipeline. They were also observed taking pictures of their license plates. This kind of activity is clearly an attempt to intimidate.

Most recently, landowners attempting to document surveying and tree-cutting activities have been filmed by and experienced aggressive behavior from members of out-of-state crews. Most of these companies are not licensed in North Carolina.

Governor Cooper, it is up to you to make it clear to Dominion, Duke and other Atlantic Coast Pipeline partners that this kind of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Please advise us as to actions you will take to protect North Carolina communities from harassment and intimidation by mercenaries working on behalf of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Sincerely,

Therese Vick
North Carolina Healthy, Sustainable Communities/Coal Ash Campaign Coordinator
CC: Attorney General Josh Stein

Environmental Justice Advocates: ACP Compressor Station Permit is More Evidence of “Air of Injustice” for Pipeline

Concerned Citizens of Northampton County ◊ NAACP Northampton Branch ◊ Clean Water for North Carolina

For Immediate Release Contact: Hope Taylor, Clean Water for NC

919-401-9600

“They just haven’t been listening to us, they had a meeting with us just to be able to say they met,” says Belinda Joyner, President of Concerned Citizens of Northampton County, in response to news that the ACP, LLC had been granted an air permit for its ACP Compressor Station in her county near the Virginia border that will push fracked gas south through the state. Joyner had gone door to door in the area around the proposed compressor station site with Clean Water for North Carolina staff and volunteers last fall, and found that nearby residents were mostly African American senior citizens with limited incomes, unaware of the pipeline or compressor station that was planned in their area.

“The turnout at the November public hearing was large and there were thousands of written comments on the air compressor permit,” continues Joyner. “ Most were strongly opposed to the permit and many pointed out the Environmental Justice implications of siting a polluter in this area, but DAQ only made very minor changes to the permit! Our tax dollars pay them, but it’s clear they are not working for us!” The compressor station is expected to release toxic air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde, but there will be no monitoring required for toxic and hazardous air pollutants. ACP will do its own performance tests every two years and report them to DAQ. Even off-site monitors that DAQ is asking community residents to assist in siting will only monitor nitrogen oxides and fine particulates, not toxic or hazardous emissions.

The air permit for the compressor station is one of the last ones that ACP, LLC, a project led by Duke Energy and Dominion Energy, needs for the project. ACP corporate partners claim that the fracked gas from West Virginia is needed to meet power and industrial needs in VA and NC, but studies by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and Synapse Energy Economics found that the gas was not needed, and that utility customers would be paying most of the cost to build an unnecessary pipeline. When Dominion began openly talking about extending the ACP into South Carolina, pipeline opponents realized that what they suspected all along would probably happen—much of the gas conveyed by the ACP would be carried to coastal facilities, cooled, compressed and shipped overseas to more lucrative markets. There was little chance that new industries would invest in costly hookups to the pipeline, even if the $58M “mitigation and economic development fund” had stayed intact. The Duke and Dominion statements about thousands of new permanent jobs along the ACP is are literally a “pipe dream.”

Hope Taylor, Executive Director of Clean Water for NC, points out: “With a population around the compressor station that’s nearly 80% African American and having had a remarkably large public response for project in a rural area, it’s clear that our state’s Environmental Equity Policy doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. Every permit issued for this pipeline spreads the air of injustice for poor residents and communities of color.”

Taylor’s organization released a study on “Blast Zones and Public Safety Along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline” last summer, pointing out areas along where hundreds of people would be at risk of grave injury or death in case of a pipeline rupture or leak. Areas in Garysburg and around the pipeline and compressor station are within the “blast” or “incineration” zone reaching over 940 feet either side of the pipeline. “This means that residents along the pipeline, who are disproportionately low income and people of color, will be impacted several times over by the ACP: the disruption and loss of property value due to pipeline construction, the increased risk to health and safety from pipeline and compressor station accidents, and the increased utility bills they will pay for constructing the pipeline, which is now expected to cost over $6 B.”

Tony Burnett, President of the Northampton County Branch of the NAACP, says “We’re very disappointed in this pipeline continuing to move forward, despite all of the serious concerns that have been raised. We in the NAACP stand for what we believe in and we stand for those who cannot stand for themselves. The ACP imposes a tax on all of us, but especially the poorest , of which there are many in Northampton County, who will be facing further steep electric rate hikes in coming years to pay for the ACP, which we don’t even need!”

DEQ Expected to Grant 401 Permit for ACP Friday–Call the Governor!

ALERT FOR ALL OPPONENTS OF THE ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE!

We’ve just learned that Duke Energy has cranked up the heat on Governor Cooper’s administration to approve the Water Quality Permit for the destructive fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline by the end of THIS WEEK!! Duke and its corporate partner in the ACP, Dominion Energy, are pushing hard to build the project as soon as possible, so they they can start reaping huge profits from building the pipeline and jacking up your electric rates!

But N.C. environmental regulators (DEQ) who are responsible for protecting our natural resources have not reviewed all of the potential impacts on our public resources, and they haven’t even evaluated the limited and misleading economic information sent by ACP, LLC following DEQ’s “additional information request.” The governor MUST call for more public hearings – at least 3 sites distributed along the pipeline corridor – to collect input on a project that could harm our communities for decades to come.

Please call Governor Cooper TODAY at (919) 814-2000 and tell him to require DEQ to hold public hearings on the additional information submitted by the ACP.

You can also email his energy and environment Policy Advisor, Jeremy Tarr, at jeremy.tarr@nc.gov, and the Secretary of DEQ, Michael.Regan@ncdenr.gov. Thank you – your action could make a critical difference!

This massive fracked-gas pipeline would run 186 miles through Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Cumberland and Robeson Counties. All of these counties except Johnston County have higher percentages persons of color than the state average, and higher poverty rates, too. Hundreds of landowners and residents would be displaced or impacted, and would face increased risks. Some of the most vulnerable residents of eastern NC will face most of the adverse impacts, with little or no chance of getting even temporary jobs, much less the long term economic development that ACP has claimed! Finally, hundreds of vulnerable streams, wetlands and rivers will be degraded for a project that isn’t even needed, as energy demand has been flat in the southeast for years, and is expected to remain so. Any additional energy demand can be more than met by safer, more cost effective, more job-creating renewable energy and energy efficiency installations!

Possible script for calling the Governor’s office:

We ask that you authorize the DEQ to IMMEDIATELY plan for at least 3 more public hearings along the proposed ACP corridor to address the economic development, health, safety and environmental concerns being raised, as well as claims and information submitted by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP, LLC) since the close of the original comment period. We ask that you take as firm as stance against the ACP as you have against offshore drilling. Both of these proposed projects would lock North Carolina into another generation of fossil fuel use, delaying the shift to more cost effective and cleaner energy sources, and the adverse impacts would greatly outweigh any benefits.

Can’t call today? Consider sending a tweet to @NC_Governor and @NCDEQ with the message above.

ACP march

Marching against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in eastern NC.