Tell NC to reject the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

We need to act fast! The proposed 600-mile fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is on its way to being built – unless we all work together to stop this unnecessary and economically and environmentally devastating project.

This pipeline project proposed by Dominion Resources and Duke Energy would carry gas from the Marcellus Shale field in central West Virginia through Virginia and North Carolina to users in southeast Virginia and North Carolina, and shipped to overseas markets. The 600 mile, 42” diameter pipeline would require excavation of an 8 to 12-foot-deep trench, the bulldozing of a 125-foot-wide construction corridor for its entire length, and new and expanded compressor stations.

The route will cross 343 bodies of water in North Carolina, including the Neuse and Tar Rivers, Swift Creek (an outstanding resource water), Fishing Creek, and Little River, just to name a few.  The pipeline presents a significant hazard to the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers and other waterways without providing any benefit to local communities impacted by the pipeline’s construction and operation. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is responsible for authorizing the construction, operation, and maintenance of interstate natural gas transmission pipelines, just rubberstamped this project.

But North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) can stop this pipeline by denying its water quality certification. We urge you submit comments on the draft water quality certification — but act fast because the deadline is this Saturday, August 19 at 5pm.

You can use the talking points listed below and submit your own comments via email to publiccomments@ncdenr.gov (include “ACP” in subject line)

Don’t hesitate! In your own words, tell North Carolina that the Tar and Neuse Rivers are important to you. Would your drinking water supply be threatened by the construction of the pipeline? Do you use a stream for fishing, boating, swimming, or just for aesthetic enjoyment — these are valid recreational uses that DEQ must protect.

Important info on submitting comments:

The Div. of Water Resources’ permit review for the 401 Water Quality Certification must conscientiously require measures to protect the waters and existing uses of water resources. Believing it will be impossible to construct the ACP without damage 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! Here are talking points about key aspects of the 401 permit:
Email your comments to publiccomments@ncdenr.gov (include “ACP” in subject line), or mail your comments to 401 Permitting, 1617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699.