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Tell Governor Cooper – NO ACP for the Holidays!
Soon, our North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will be making its final decision on a major permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
We need your help to send a message to the Governor and officials in Raleigh that North Carolina doesn’t want or need this pipeline.
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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.

Now’s the time: contact Governor, DEQ, Congress about the ACP!

Did you know that FERC has given ACP limited approval to cut down trees along the proposed path of the ACP in WV and VA? It’s a critical time to thank Governor Cooper and the Dept. of Environmental Quality for their “due diligence” in reviewing a range of NC permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and remind them of the harms it will cause!

Governor Cooper’s office: (919) 814-2000
NC DEQ 401 permitting contacts: Karen Higgins, karen.higgins@ncdenr.gov
Jennifer Burdette, jennifer.burdette@ncdenr.gov

It’s also a great time to write a letter to the editor to your local paper, or to one of the key papers along the route of the ACP: The Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald, The Wilson Times, The Rocky Mount Telegram, The Fayetteville Observer, or The Robesonian.

Review the background below to help write your letters to officials and letter to the editor!

CWFNC’s official comments to NC DEQ on the 401 water quality certification, still under consideration by NC Div. of Water Resources. DEQ has sent FIVE letters requesting more information from ACP, LLC, include asking for documentation of touted socioeconomic benefits.

Here’s the page that DEQ has established for posting documents about the ACP, as well as ACP’s responses, and a description of the current status of various permits as of January 23rd.

While the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a “conditional” approval for the ACP last October 13th, over 40 public interest groups and some elected officials are calling for a “rehearing”, the first step in a legal challenge to the FERC permit. Here’s the challenge filed on behalf of several FrackFreeNC groups. This is probably the most comprehensive explanation as to why the ACP should never have been granted a “certificate of necessity and convenience” from FERC, drafted by a team of advocates and filed by attorney John Runkle.

Here’s an example letter or opinion editorial! Please borrow bits, revise, and shorten to suit your chosen paper.

Contact your NC and Federal Officials about the ACP At This Critical Time!

There’s no evidence that the ACP will create any lasting jobs or economic development in poor, rural counties.  Speak up for safe water, air and the rights of landowners and residents!  

Help us take action! Click here to help us flood the Governor’s office with Holiday-themed NO ACP postcards. Pick your favorite design here and send a digital postcard to the Governor. You can also download and print at home!

Thank the Governor (919-814-2000) and key DEQ officials for their rigorous, critical review of all permits for the ACP.  Ask them to do the right thing and turn down permits for water quality certification, stormwater and sediment and erosion plans that do NOT protect the interests of the public or North Carolina waters.

 

 

 

 

Also Contact (call or email) your elected state and federal officials of either party and let them know your thinking on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Energy demand in the southeast US is flat, there is simply no need for a huge new pipeline or new gas fired power plants—they will NOT create jobs, but will cause significant climate harm and will take resources away from $billions in anticipated renewable energy development that actually WILL help create rural jobs.   

If you are not in an ACP impacted county, it’s still important that your officials know how you feel about the ACP!  Look your officials up by county using this link. If you are in an ACP impacted county, use the links below to find all of your state and federal elected officials.  Remember, the 5-10 minutes you spend contacting your officials could have a major impact on later decisions and coverage!    Thank you!

Northampton                               Halifax                          Nash                          Wilson
Johnston                                     Sampson                      Cumberland              Robeson

Comment to Division of Air Quality on the Northampton County Compressor Station Permit

Below is a comment made to the NC Division of Air Quality on November 15th in Garysburg NC on the Northampton County Compressor Station

Good evening, I am Ericka Faircloth of Clean Water for North Carolina, and also a founder of
EcoRobeson, and I thank you for the opportunity to make these comments on a major new
threat to Northampton County.

As required by NC DEQ’s long standing Environmental Equity Policy and its obligations under
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, DEQ must consider the project’s disproportionate
environmental harms to minority and low income communities. NC is 22% African American,
however this compressor station is within a census block group where 79.2% of the population
is African American. This to me is a big red flag; this compressor station and Atlantic Coast
Pipeline are environmental justice issues.

From conducting door-to- door outreach in the Town of Garysburg, and near the compressor
station, we found that most residents were not aware of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline
or the compressor station. Also, from conducting outreach within a half a mile of the ACP route
in Wilson, Sampson, Cumberland and Robeson Counties, I found that residents were mostly
unaware of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project and its close proximity to their homes. Many of
these residents closest to the ACP and compressor station have not been notified about this
project and that’s unacceptable!

For those who wish to cite economic development, my family lives in Robeson County, one of
the poorest regions in the country, and we already have 2 existing natural gas pipelines. But
where are the jobs? Where is the economic boom? There isn’t any, it doesn’t exist, and there’s
no reason to expect any jobs or economic development from the ACP.

Energy demand in NC has been flat for years, that’s a fact, and it is projected to be flat for years
to come. The natural gas we need can come from the existing Transco pipeline. This huge new
pipeline is not needed, which means this compressor station is not needed. These projects pose
a completely unnecessary risk to public health and safety.

PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) documents show that
pipelines built since 2010 fail more than pipelines build before the 1940’s. Why is that? It’s
because of the guaranteed 14% rate of return offered by FERC. There has been a rush to build
pipelines since 2010 because companies know they can make huge profits from them. It’s not
about need or public benefits– it’s about money.

DAQ, please deny this permit.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline–NC Can Stop it!

November 9th, 2017

Even before FERC’s “conditional approval” of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on Oct. 13, NC’s Dept. of Environmental Quality was requesting lots more information from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline about how they would protect NC water quality, and actually disapproving ACP’s application for an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan.

The ACP is NOT a “done deal”–YOU can make a difference! By thanking key NC regulators for their rigorous review of the ACP applications and encouraging them to disapprove these permits, you’ll let them know the public is watching.

Come to the  “All I Want for Christmas is NO ACP” Rally on Monday, November 13th  12:00 PM in front of the Dept of Admininistration Bldg, 116 W. Jones St.and let DEQ that we expect them to do the right thing!

WV compressor station located near where ACP would start

November 15th is the Air Quality permit hearing for the huge compressor station planned for Northampton County!  This compressor station would release particulates, methane and toxic volatile organic compounds as well as bring high noise levels to nearby residents. The hearing will be on November 15th, at Garysburg Town Hall (504 Old Highway Road), and you can send comments to publiccomments@ncdenr.gov until Nov. 20th. For more information on the hearing, check here. Facebook event page hereFor key concerns and talking points on the permit click here.

 

Presentations from the Regional Summit on ACP Impacts

Cathy Kunkel

Energy Analyst, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Do we need it? Economics of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

 

 

 

 

Marvin Winstead

Nash County Landowner with Nash Stop the Pipeline

ACP Impacts on Landowners and Actions to Prevent Eminent Domain Abuse

 

 

 

Jorden Revels

UNC-Pembroke Student, EcoRobeson

Ericka Faircloth

Clean Water for NC, EcoRobeson

ACP Impacts on Native Ancestral Lands

 

 

Therese Vick

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

Health and Safety Impacts of Natural Gas Compressor Stations

 

 

 

Oshin Paranjape

Duke University Collaborator

High Consequence Areas, Blast Zones, and Public Safety along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Video presentation (no slides embedded).

 

 

John Runkle

Environmental Attorney

It Ain’t Over til’ it’s Over — Legal Challenges to FERC & DEQ Decisions

 

 

 

 

Xavier Boatwright, Hope Taylor

Clean Water for NC

Rising Up for a Just Energy and Climate Future in NC

 

 

 

 

Updated: High Consequence Areas, Blast Zones, Public Safety along the ACP

Click here to read Clean Water for North Carolina’s new report, “High Consequence Areas, Blast Zones, and Public Safety along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline!”, now with important updates! The report explains the 900+ foot “Blast Zone” along the ACP route and displays maps of the 24 “High Consequence Areas” in Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Cumberland and Robeson Counties, and how they endanger residents close to the pipeline.

October 7: Regional Summit on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Clean Water for NC’s Regional Summit on the Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline:

Preventing Harms to Eastern NC’s Water, Air, Communities and Environmental Justice

Saturday, October 7, 1:30 – 5:00 PM, Light Refreshments
Wilson Community College, Del Mastro Auditorium
902 Herring Ave E, Wilson, NC
Advance registration required!

Register here by Oct. 4 at 6PM!

$5 CWFNC Members/Students/NCEJN Partners
(Enter NCEJN in “organization” field if applicable, for discount)

$25 Non CWFNC Members (Includes one year membership)

FREE for residents in counties along the proposed pipeline route, thanks to generous donations to cover these costs! Residents of Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Sampson, Cumberland or Robeson County still need to register in advance but can select the free ticket option. If you wish to register by phone, please call (919) 401-9600.

Presentations include:

Cathy Kunkel

Cathy Kunkel

  • Cathy Kunkel: Energy Analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, lead author of 2016 report on overbuilding of unneeded gas pipelines and the impacts on communities and utility ratepayers.
  • John Runkle: Environmental Attorney, will discuss the recent circuit court decision requiring to evaluate climate impacts, and the implications for the ACP.
  • Landowners from NC: How the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is already impacting our lives and land.
  • Ericka Faircloth

    Ericka Faircloth

  • Native American Speakers: Eastern North Carolina’s Indigenous Groups and the damage to environmental rights, heritage lands and sacred sites.
  • Oshin Paranjape: Duke University, on the ACP “Blast Zone” and how it endangers residents close to the pipeline.
  • Therese Vick: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, will speak on dangers and health impacts of proposed compressor station in Northampton County.

Oshin Paranjape

Oshin Paranjape

Questions? Contact (919) 401-9600 or hope@cwfnc.org

Who should attend: residents, local and state officials, scientists, non-profits and NC Enviornmental Justice Network partners from across the state concerned about the potential environmental, health and community consequences of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline!

**There will be NO admission at the door. Pre-registration ends October 4 at 6:00 pm. Register now!

New Report on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Blast Zones

Aug 15, Raleigh—Groups working closely with residents along the route for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) will speak about the dangers they will face if construction of the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline is allowed to go forward, as a new report from Clean Water for North Carolina is released. Speakers showed enlarged images of “High Consequence Areas” along the proposed route in their counties, and the extent of “blast zones” around them. Hundreds of landowners in the construction corridor, and at least 943 feet from the center of the pipeline, would be at risk of severe damage and injury or death in case of a pipeline leak, explosion or fire.

Hope Taylor of Clean Water for North Carolina presented the context for the report “High Consequence Areas, Blast Zones and Public Safety Along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,” including images for a site in Northampton County, and implications for residents all along the pipeline. She and Ericka Faircloth will also talk about High Consequence Areas in Nash, Cumberland and Robeson Counties. Read the full report here.

High Consequence Area in Nash County

Image of blast and evacuation zones around a High Consequence Area in Nashville, Nash County, near where Governor Cooper grew up.

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has sent a formal letter to the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association regarding the challenges faced by First Responders in the mostly rural counties targeted by the ACP. Significant incidents, including explosions and fires are happening with increasing frequency on pipelines across the US, according to the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Therese Vick presented the key concerns in the letter, which is available to read here.

Background Information on FERC’s Granting Dozens of Permits for Unneeded Pipelines!  Request DWR DENY the 401 Permit for the ACP!

In the past 30 years, FERC has granted “certificates” to all but two U.S. pipeline projects, with no credible assessment of actual need for the projects! The Commission can’t be relied upon to protect the health and environment of North Carolina. The Div. of Water Resources’ permit review must conscientiously require measures to protect the waters and existing uses of water resources.

Believing it will be impossible to construct the ACP without adverse impacts to streams, rivers, wetlands, groundwater, aquatic life, human health and Environmental Justice, we encourage you to conclude your comments by asking the Div. of Water Resources to deny the 401 permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Thanks for your concern and your action!