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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.

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