Two high-profile setbacks dealt to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration are not necessarily a sign the project is in trouble.
Faced with a Monday deadline and a lopsided number of public comments opposing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration has delayed until mid-December its decision on whether to permit the controversial project.
An area that was cherished by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s father is a key battleground in the fight over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
A report released this morning by a public accountability non-profit details the interlocking relationships, campaign donations and potential conflicts of interest that Dominion Resources is deploying to secure approval of its Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Opponents contesting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed route through Virginia are rolling out fresh arguments against the controversial projects which are becoming flashpoints dividing Democratic candidates running for governor there.
After setting temporary moratoriums on new oil pipelines in 2016, both Georgia and South Carolina are moving forward with hearings and bills to tighten regulations.
While North Carolina activists fight the Atlantic Coast Pipeline with protest songs and camera-grabbing marches, they’re also waging a quieter legal battle via the government agencies who must approve the project.
By striking the phrase “originating in North Carolina” from the state’s eminent domain law, a bill approved by the North Carolina House could remove a key legal obstacle for the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
While FERC says drilling and end use shouldn’t be considered in climate calculations for natural gas pipelines, advocates argue that the projects encourage consumption, and that consumption should be accounted for.
Among his many new responsibilities next year, North Carolina Governor-elect Roy Cooper will oversee the state water quality permit for the proposed natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, poised to cross more than a dozen rivers and streams from the Virginia border to Robeson County.