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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project

Map of pipeline impacts in North Carolina

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project proposes the installation of a natural gas pipeline that will run through eight North Carolina counties as it crosses the state from the Virginia border to just north of the South Carolina border. The project was submitted for state review by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, Dominion Transmission, Inc. and Piedmont Natural Gas Co., Inc. The project is currently under review by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. Updates on permit applications, the regulatory review process, public hearings and meetings, public comments and other related information will be posted on this website as they become available.

Recent Updates

March 28: Officials with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality are seeking public feedback on the draft stormwater permit for a contractor’s work yard to be built in Cumberland County as part of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. State seeks public input on Atlantic Coast Pipeline stormwater permit.

Feb. 23: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources received a submittal package from Dominion for review of proposed revisions to the northern segment erosion and sediment control plan, which will may result in minor re-alignment of the footprint of the pipeline route. The company also included notification of a new contractor laydown yard proposed at the intersection of Hickory Road and N.C. Highway 4 in Nash County. Due to the addition of the new contractor laydown yard, this submittal will be divided into two projects. The new contractor laydown yard will be considered a stand-alone project separate from the main project and will be on a 30-day plan review schedule per state law. The division has requested more information on the proposed erosion and sediment control plan revisions. Once the submittal is deemed complete, the revised plan will be reviewed on a 15-day review schedule per state law.

Feb. 26: The Division of Water Resources issued a letter to Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC regarding judicial review of the certification with regards to Section 19(d) of the federal Natural Gas Act.
Supplement to 401 Certification Transmittal Letter

Feb. 27: Stormwater permitting staff with the Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources received an application package for the individual stormwater permit for the contractor’s work yard proposed for Cumberland County. The division has issued a letter requesting more information which must be received before the application will be considered complete.
Individual Stormwater Permit Application
Request for Additional Information

March 5: DEQ launched a new interactive map of the pipeline route.

Guide to N.C. Government Agencies Involved in ACP Project Review

DEQ Permitting Requirements

Division of Air Quality 

On Oct. 10, officials with the Division of Air Quality announced the opening of the public comment period for the draft air permit Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC's proposed air compressor station, which would be built in Northampton County at the Virginia border. All comments received by Nov. 20 will be considered in the final determination of permit issuance and conditions. The draft air permit and related documents may be downloaded at the links below. Public comments may be submitted by email to: publiccomments@ncdenr.gov. Please be sure to include "ACP/DAQ" in the email's subject line. Comments may also be submitted by USPS mail to: Division of Air Quality, Attn: Charles McEachern, 3800 Barrett Drive, Raleigh, N.C., 27609. DEQ will hold a public hearing on the draft permit at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at Garysburg Town Hall, 504 Old Highway Road, Garysburg, N.C., 27831
Public Notice

Northampton Compressor Informational Flyer
Northampton Compressor Station Draft Permit

Draft Permit Fact Sheet
Permit Application Part I

Permit Application Part II

Permit Application Review

Permit Application Correspondence

Northampton Compressor Station – Nov. 15, 2017 Public Hearing Audio.WMA

Update Nov. 20: The public comment period for the air quality permit for the Northampton County Compressor Station closed Nov. 20. By law, the Division of Air Quality has 30 days from the date of the public hearing to make a permitting decision, which is a deadline of Dec. 15.
 
Update Dec. 4, 2017: The Division of Air Quality issued a letter to Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC requesting additional information for the company's application for an air quality permit for the proposed Northampton Compressor Station. The request for additional information temporarily suspends the regulatory requirement for a permit decision within 30 days of a public hearing. 
Dec. 4 Additional Information Letter
 
Update Jan. 9, 2018: The Division of Air Quality received a modeling report in response to the Dec. 4 request for additional information from the applicant. The report is currently under review by air permitting staff.
Air Quality Modeling Report
 
Update Feb. 27, 2018: The Division of Air quality issued an air quality permit for the Northampton Compressor station. The final permit, cover memo, public comments and other related documents may be viewed online. 
Northampton Compressor Station Air Quality Permit Files
 

Division of Water Resources

401 Water Quality Certification Application

401 Water Quality Certification Project File

 

Update Sept. 14, 2017: Officials with the N.C. Division of Water Resources issued a letter to Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC directing the company to submit additional information as part of their 401 water quality certification application. This decision by the state put review of the application on hold until the requested information was received. 

 

Update Sept. 29, 2017: Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC submitted their response to the Division of Water Resources' request for additional information in two parts. The first part was submitted Sept. 22, and the second part was submitted Sept. 29. In accordance with N.C. Administrative Code, the division now has until Nov. 28 to issue a decision on the application.

 

Update Oct. 26, 2017: The Division of Water Resources issued a third letter to Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC requesting additional information for the company's application for a state 401 water quality certification.
Oct. 26 Additional Information Letter
 

Update Nov. 28, 2017: The Division of Water Resources issued a fourth letter to Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC requesting additional information for the company's application for a state 401 water quality certification.
Nov. 28 Additional Information Letter

 

Dec. 14, 2017: The Division of Water Resources issued a fifth request for additional information as part of the project's 401 water quality certification application. On Dec. 20, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC submitted additional information which is currently under review by staff.
DWR Dec. 14 Request for Additional Information
Additional Information from Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC 

Update Jan. 26, 2018: The Division of Water Resources issued the project's 401 water quality certification.
401 Water Quality Certification

 

Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources - Erosion and Sediment Control

Due to the large size of the proposed pipeline project, erosion and sediment control plans were required to be submitted to DEQ's Raleigh Regional Office (northern segment) and Fayetteville Regional Office (southern segment). Officials with the department disapproved the first round of erosion and sediment control plans submitted by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC on Sept. 26.

Fayetteville Region S&EC Plan Submittal 1
Raleigh Region S&EC Plan Submittal 1

Sept. 26 Letter of Disapproval

 

Update Oct. 23, 2017: Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC submitted new erosion and sediment control plans for the proposed North Carolina pipeline route. The state Sedimentation Control Act requires DEQ to review and make a decision to either deny or approve within 15 days when a project submits erosion and sediment control plans for a second time. The deadline for review of the newly submitted plans was Nov. 7.
Fayetteville Region S&EC Plan Submittal 2
Raleigh Region S&EC Plan Submittal 2

 

Update Nov. 6: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources disapproved the second round of erosion and sediment control plans submitted by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC on Oct. 23.
Letter of Disapproval - Fayetteville Regional Office
Letter of Disapproval - Raleigh Regional Office

 

Update Dec. 5, 2017: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources issued a letter of approval with modifications for the erosion and sediment control plan submitted for the section of the pipeline that would traverse Cumberland, Robeson and Sampson counties. Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC has not yet responded to the Oct. 23 letter of disapproval that requested more information for the second erosion and sediment control plan, which is required for the section of project that would impact Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Wilson and Johnston counties.
Dec. 5 Approval with Modifications

 

Update Jan. 4, 2018: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources issued a letter of disapproval for the erosion and sediment control plan for the northern portion of the pipeline route proposed for North Carolina. 
Letter of Disapproval 

 

Update Feb. 1, 2018: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources today issued a letter of approval for the erosion and sediment control plan submitted for the northern section of the pipeline route in North Carolina counties. A construction general stormwater permit was issued in conjunction with the sediment and erosion control plan approval. The construction general stormwater permit is not required by law, but the company has agreed to obtain and comply with the permit.
Feb. 1 Letter of Approval
Construction General Stormwater Permit

 

Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources - Stormwater

The project will require two stormwater permits for different locations along the proposed pipeline route. Both permit applications were submitted Nov. 6.
Update Nov. 8: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources issued letters requesting additional information for both general stormwater permit applications submitted by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC.
Additional Information Letter - Fayetteville Regional Office (Cumberland Co Stormwater Permit)
Additional Information Letter - Raleigh Regional Office (Nash County Stormwater Permit)
 
Update Nov. 27, 2017: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources received the requested additional information for both general stormwater permit applications. Review of the applications is expected to begin next week.
Cumberland County Stormwater Permit Application
Nash County Stormwater Permit Application
 
Dec. 20, 2017: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources issued requests for additional information for the two general stormwater permit applications submitted by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC. In addition, staff has determined that an individual stormwater permit will be required for a proposed contractor's yard that would be located in Cumberland County. No application has been received for the individual stormwater permit.
Request for Additional Information - Nash Co. General Stormwater Permit
Request for Additional Information - Cumberland Co. General Stormwater Permit

Update Feb. 1, 2018: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources today issued two post-construction stormwater permits for impacted areas of Nash and Cumberland counties. The project must still obtain an individual stormwater permit for a contractors’ work yard proposed for Cumberland County. An application for the individual stormwater permit has not yet been received.
Nash County Permit
Cumberland County Permit

Public Engagement

Listening Sessions
The Department of Environmental Quality hosted three listening sessions to obtain additional public feedback on the proposed pipeline project.
Aug. 15: Nash Community College, Rocky Mount
Aug. 16: Northampton County Cultural and Wellness Center, Jackson
Aug. 17: Southeastern Agricultural Center, Lumberton
Handout on ACP Project
Handout on N.C. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

401 Certification Application Public Hearings
July 18: Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville
July 20: Nash Community College, Rocky Mount
401 Certification Public Notice
Hearing Documents
Public Comments

Meetings

May 3: The Department of Environmental Quality hosted a stakeholder meeting at the Central Building in Raleigh to seek feedback on communication efforts as it relates to the pipeline project.
Agenda
Audio File

Aug. 9: Environmental Justice Forum
The N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs, Environmental Justice Committee sponsored an Environmental Justice Forum, which was hosted by the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe in Hollister, N.C. The forum was to provided an opportunity for tribal leaders, commission members, state and federal regulators, and other stakeholders to share and discuss information on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project.
Agenda

March 23: The Department of Environmental Quality hosted a stakeholder meeting at the Archdale Building in Raleigh to provide information and receive feedback on the proposed pipeline project.
Agenda
Sign-in Sheet
Staff Notes
Audio File

Comments

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Clean Water for North Carolina
Coharie Intra-Tribal Council
Commission of Indian Affairs
Environmental Protection Agency - Regions 3 and 4
National Congress of American Indians
National Trust for Historic Preservation
N.C. Coastal Federation
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
N.C. East Alliance
NCWARN Second Supplement
North Carolina Coalition of Environmental, Justice and Community Groups
Office of Tribal Chairman, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Partnership of 19 North Carolina Non-governmental Organizations
Public Interest Groups
Submitted by a partnership of 22 non-governmental organizations
Department of Public Safety
Dr. Ryan E. Emanuel, N.C. State University
Sierra Club
Southern Environmental Law Center
Submitted in partnership with 21 organizations
The Nature Conservancy
Triangle Native American Society
Tribal Council of Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe
USDA, Forest Service
USDA, Forest Service - Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway
USDA Forest Service – USDA, Forest Service - Draft Biological Assessment
USDI, Fish and Wildlife Service
USDI, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance
USDI, National Park Service
Wildlife Resources Commission
Gwendolyn Wilkins

Maps

Interactive Map of Pipeline Route
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project Overview Map
Cumberland County
Halifax County
Johnston County
Nash County
Northampton County
Northwest Sampson County
Robeson County
Southwest Sampson County
Wilson County