Environment, Governor Roy Cooper

DEQ approves two more permits for Atlantic Coast Pipeline; protests scheduled for tomorrow

Tree-cutting can begin along the northern part of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route in North Carolina now that state officials have approved a permit for that segment. The NC Department of Environmental Quality today approved the erosion and sedimentation permit for Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Wilson and Johnston counties. The agency also green-lighted a general construction stormwater permit.

The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources issued two post-construction stormwater permits for areas of Nash and Cumberland counties, as well.

Earlier this week, DEQ okayed a key water quality permit, setting the stage for the final approvals. There is one permit yet to be cleared: an individual stormwater permit for a contractors’ work yard in Cumberland County.

Opponents continue to protest DEQ’s approval of the $5.5 billion project, co-owned by Duke Energy and Dominion Energy. “The acknowledged political pressure by Duke and Dominion Energy to gain approval for the ACP has been unrelenting and our governor and other officials finally yielded under their weight.”

Tomorrow, landowners and citizens from impacted communities along North Carolina’s route will protest and hold a people’s hearing beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 125 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

One Comment


  1. Maureen Kurtz

    February 1, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    This is a sincere although I fear stupid question. Environmental groups are raging about Cooper approving these water permits. But when I read the articles, it says nothing about Cooper approving them. Is that because the DEQ is under Cooper, and anything they approve is by rights his approval? Or he has to sign off on anything that they approve? Or that he can veto anything they approve? Sorry for my ignorance of policy, but an explanation of this within the articles would help.

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