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ACP Weekly Reports

Aerial Photographs of ACP Construction in Cumberland County, taken November 2018 (click on text to enlarge)

NEW!: ACP’s Permit Pileup Timeline (pdf)

May 11, 2019 – May 17, 2019: No new construction activities observed. View the construction report.

May 4, 2019 – May 10, 2019: Reports from folks on the ground in Wilson County reveal ACP surveyors have been spotted along the pipeline right-of-way. No further activities observed or documented in the docket. View the construction report.

April 27, 2019 – May 3, 2019: Oral arguments are underway regarding the suspended Fish and Wildlife Service permit. No new activities observed or reported. View the construction report.

April 20, 2019 – April 26, 2019: Dominion Energy has acknowledged in a letter to FERC that the protective pipeline coating for a portion of the supply header project – the pipeline planned to transport the natural gas from Pennsylvania to the ACP mainline – is compromised. Both the ACP and the supply header project contracted the same pipe and protective coating material. Efforts are underway by ACP-impacted landowners/residents and activitists to alert the necessary agencies and bring awareness to this serious public safety issue. View the construction report.

April 13, 2019 – April 19, 2019: No new reports of construction on the ground or in the dockets. View the construction report.

April 6, 2019 – April 12, 2019: No new reports of construction on the ground or in the dockets. The hearing on the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) permit is scheduled for sometime in May. The ruling in that case could decide when and if construction will continue under the existing permit. View the construction report.

March 30 – April 5, 2019: No new reports of construction on the ground or in the dockets. View the construction report.

March 23 – 29, 2019: The FERC dockets have confirmed that drilling underneath the Tar River has been completed, despite ACP lacking several key federal permits. View the construction report.

March 15 – 22, 2019: Reports on the ground in Nash County and in the dockets suggest ACP has completed drilling and pulling pipe underneath the Tar River — an activity the pipeline company argued was to “stabilize the environment” during the voluntary work stoppage. View the construction report.

March 9 – 15, 2019: Continued monitoring and stabilization activities as approved by FERC, as several permits remain in limbo awaiting a Court decision. View the “Permit Pileup” doc above to learn more. View construction report.

March 2 – 8, 2019: Continued monitoring and stabilization activities as approved by FERC. View the construction report.

February 23 – March 1, 2019: Continued monitoring and stabilization activities as approved by FERC. View the construction report.

February 16 – 22, 2019: The report reflects “continued monitoring and stabilization of the right of way.” However, because FERC has approved trenching and burrying pipe in ACP’s stabilization plan, further construction of the pipeline continues during this “voluntary work stoppage.” View the construction report.

February 9 – 15, 2019: FERC approved ACP’s request to dig new trenches and bury approximately 5,000 ft of pipe in NC, despite the fact the project lacks 7 key federal permits. View the construction report.

February 2 – 8, 2019: Continued monitoring and stabilization. No new activities. View the construction report.

January 26 – February 1, 2019: Continued monitoring and stabilization. No new activities. View the construction report.

January 19 – 25, 2019: Continued monitoring and “stabilization” of the corridor during the work stoppage. No new activities. View the construction report.

January 12 – 18, 2019: FERC has approved continued drilling under the Tar River during the work stoppage, to “stabilize the environment”. This will only further construction of the ACP while threatening the environments and communities surrounding the Tar River in Nash Co. View the construction report.

January 5 – 11, 2019: No new construction activities during the work stoppage. View the construction report.

December 28, 2019 – January 4, 2019: No new construction activities are reported at this time. ACP has requested FERC allow continued drilling under the Tar River during this construction stoppage, but FERC has denied this request. Another ACP request has been denied, as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected ACP’s plea to expedite the hearing on the Fish and Wildlife Service permit. View the construction report.

December 22 – 28, 2018: Stabilization continues during this construction period, with no new construction activities reported along the 600 mile route.

December 15 – 21, 2018: Final decisions from Fourth Circuit Court judges regarding the thrown out Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service permits remain pending during this construction period. All new construction has been stopped, with ACP claiming to only be conducting monitoring and “stabilization” activities along the entire 600-mile route.

December 8 – 14, 2018: This construction report follows the decision by the Fourth Circuit Court to pull two key federal permits – the Fish and Wildlife Service permit and the Forest Service permit. ACP has stopped construction of new activities along the entire route, but continues to “stabilize” the corridor’s right of way, which includes laying pipe and backfilling any trenches. This tactic of “stabilization” is argued by ACP to be in the best interest of the environment and public, but in reality is a ploy to continue activities during periods of stopped construction.