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Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Impact Sensitive Streams and Water Supplies

Environmental, Legislative

Posted on February 16th, 2017

The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is an interstate natural gas transmission pipeline in Virginia and North Carolina. The ACP is currently proposed to cross 343 bodies of water in North Carolina. Included in that are the Neuse and Tar Rivers, Swift Creek (an outstanding resource water), Fishing Creek, Little River as well as others. For many of these crossings, the ACP proposes during construction to open trench / dam and pump, which could mean significant impacts to streams, wildlife and downstream water quality.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the lead permitting agency. FERC released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on December 30, 2016. The purpose of this document is to provide details on environmental impacts, plans to off-set those impacts and ultimately decide the fate of a project alternative that should be the least damaging to our environmental, natural and cultural resources, including consideration of public health and environmental justice. Your Riverkeepers are reviewing this document now.

Public hearings have been scheduled, more info here.

 

 

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