Sound Rivers to Join Legal Challenge over FERC Pipeline Decision

Local residents paddled in 2017 on the Tar River to protest the pipeline.

Sound Rivers is joining with 11 other conservation groups from Virginia and North Carolina to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to permit the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  The groups are represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

“Sound Rivers chose to challenge the pipeline in the courts due to the fact that this unnecessary pipeline will have a negative impact on our water resources and aquatic environment,” stated Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Matthew Starr.  He continued, “even though our state has decided to approve this project, your Riverkeepers will do everything they can to protect our important water resources.”

As noted in the SELC press release, “The $5.5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline owned by Dominion Energy and Duke Energy, would cross 600 miles from West Virginia through Virginia and North Carolina and cut through mountain ridge tops, down steep unstable mountainsides, and through sensitive rivers and streams. Testimony before the Virginia State Corporation Commission revealed that about $2 billion in costs associated with the pipeline would be passed on to Dominion utility customers.”

To learn more about this destructive pipeline and the people in its path, go to inthepath.org.