Action Alert - Stop Duke's Fracked Gas Pipeline

Duke's Fracked Gas Pipeline Will Take Away Landowners' Rights and Damage Water Quality in the Lumber Watershed

STOP THE PROPOSED ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE

URGENT: TIMING IS CRITICAL IN THE NEXT HOURS AND DAYS! PLEASE CALL TODAY...PLEASE E-MAIL TODAY...PLEASE SEND A LETTER TODAY!

Dominion, Duke and the ACP are putting unprecedented and unrelenting pressure, backed up by unlimited money, on Governor Cooper, the Attorney General and NC DEQ to approve the necessary permits for the pipeline.

Now is the time to step up and challenge NC's state officials to do the right thing and resist to the ACP's pressure, money and unsupported claims. Since there is considerable evidence that a decision will be made soon in Raleigh regarding the pipeline, it is imperative that this be done immediately.

We ask you to MAKE PHONE CALLS, WRITE LETTERS, SEND E-MAILS to the nine public officials (see below) and demand that there by at least three additional public hearings in the eastern North Carolina counties that will be directly impacted. These hearings will provide the impacted public the opportunity to rebut the ACP's unsupported claims that the fracked gas pipeline will benefit the public and not impact our natural environment. 
 

AN EASY WAY TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OFFICIALS

CALL: 919-814-2959

To call the Governor and the Governor’s staff, call the telephone # above and request to be connected to the Governor and particular staff listed below. Then follow up with an e-mail or letter (see below), and don't forget to attach the referenced report.

SEND:

We have tried to devise an easy and quick way for you to do this. Below you will find a sample letter to Governor Cooper that can be sent to other officials as well. You can send this letter as is. Or you can revise it by adding your own words. Please make sure that whatever you send, you make it clear that we the public want three additional hearings before any decision regarding the ACP is made in Raleigh.* Please make sure you include the NEW REPORT (referenced below) on the ACP's failure to demonstrate economic benefit to our state. It also raises serious concerns about the economic and environmental instability of the ACP. 

There are three possible ways to deliver this letter to the Governor and the other public officials referenced below: 

  • copy and paste the letter into separate emails (powerful)
     
  • print  copies of the letter and send it by certified mail to the governor
     
  • or if you live in the Triangle, hand deliver them in person (most powerful)

 

LETTER TO SEND

Governor Cooper, I am writing to respectfully request three public hearings, sponsored by NC DEQ, to address the recent and unsatisfactory economic development concerns, claims, and submissions by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). We know that you care about the environment of our State. We have seen this with your courageous stand against off shore drilling. Please continue to care as much about our most vulnerable environment and most vulnerable populations - the indigenous people, the people of color, and so many others in eastern NC who live along the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. We strongly urge you to take as strong a stand against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline as you have done with offshore drilling.

Unfortunately, the ACP chose the worst possible route in the State for its proposed pipeline. ACP considered other routes earlier, but just like our coastal communities that you are protecting, those earlier routes would have taken the pipeline closer to wealthier and less racially diverse communities. The pipeline has used economic development as its major justification, arguing that the pipeline will be a benefit to the people in the 8 counties in its path. But in its thousands of pages of submissions to NC DEQ and others it has failed to provide persuasive data or details  to support this claim. (Please see report "ACP Failure to Demonstrate Economic Development Benefit")

The NC Department of Environmental Quality has been asking ACP questions about this claim since September and ACP has repeatedly sidestepped the inquiries. I am writing to request that DEQ immediately hold public hearings in Robeson, Cumberland and Johnston Counties regarding the ACP’s economic development claims and submissions. These hearings will enable you, the DEQ, and the Attorney General’s office to hear public input about these important questions and to review it as a part of the required 401 Water Quality Permit application. 

We respectfully ask that you authorize the Attorney General to IMMEDIATELY direct DEQ to initiate public hearings to address the economic development concerns and other concerns, claims and submissions by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).

Sincerely,

Add your name and contact information
 

Address all requests to Governor Roy Cooper with copies to the additional officials

Governor Roy Cooper
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

https://governor.nc.gov/contact-governor-cooper

Jenny Owen
Director of Policy
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

jenni.owen@nc.gov

Sadie Weiner
Director of Communications
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

sadie.weiner@nc.gov

Jeremy Tarr
Energy Policy Director
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

jeremy.tarr@nc.gov 

Secretary Michael S. Regan
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
217 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, N.C., 27603

919-707-8622

Michael.Regan@ncdenr.gov

Assistant Secretary Sheila Holman
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
217 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, N.C., 27603

919-707-8619 

sheila.holman@ncdenr.gov

Director Linda Culpepper
N.C. Division of Water Resources
512 N. Salisbury Street, 7th floor
Raleigh, N.C., 27604

919-707-9014

linda.culpepper@ncdenr.gov

Dan Hirschman
Senior Deputy Attorney General
114 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

(919) 716-6600

DHirschman@ncdoj.gov

Blake Thomas
Deputy General Counsel
114 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

(

919)716-6414

Bthomas@ncdoj.gov