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.

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 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

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

DEQ Permitting Requirements

Division of Air Quality 

Update Dec. 14: Audio file from Nov.15, 2017 public hearing.

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.

 

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. Speaker registration will begin at 5 p.m.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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
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

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