Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Map of pipeline impacts in North Carolina

DEQ Response to N.C. General Assembly ACP Questions
DEQ Response to N.C. General Assembly ACP Records Request
Responsive Emails Production
Responsive Documents Production
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DEQ Permitting Timeline

Division of Air Quality 

Oct. 10-Nov. 20, 2017: The Division of Air Quality accepted public comments on a draft air quality permit for a pipeline compressor station to be constructed in Northampton County at the Virginia border. A public hearing was held Nov. 15, 2017 in Garysburg, N.C. 
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
Nov. 15, 2017 Public Hearing Audio

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

Jan. 9, 2018: The Division of Air Quality received a modeling report from the applicant in response to the Dec. 4 request for additional information.
Air Quality Modeling Report

Feb. 27, 2018: The Division of Air quality issued an air quality permit for a compressor station in Northampton County.
Northampton Compressor Station Air Quality Permit Files

Division of Water Resources

401 Water Quality Certification Application
401 Water Quality Certification Project File

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. 

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.

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

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.
Dec. 14, 2017 Request for Additional Information

Dec. 20, 2018: Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC submitted additional information to the Division of Water Resources.
Additional Information from Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC 

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

Feb. 26, 2018: 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

March 5, 2018: The Division of Water Resources launched an interactive map of the pipeline route.

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

Due to the large size of the pipeline project, erosion and sediment control plans were required to be submitted to the division’s Raleigh Regional Office (northern segment) and Fayetteville Regional Office (southern segment). The division 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

Oct. 23, 2017: Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC submitted new erosion and sediment control plans. 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

Nov. 6, 2017: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources disapproved the second round of erosion and sediment control plans that were submitted by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC on Oct. 23.
Letter of Disapproval - Fayetteville Regional Office
Letter of Disapproval - Raleigh Regional Office

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.
Dec. 5 Approval with Modifications

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 

Feb. 1, 2018: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources 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

June 19, 2019: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources issued a letter of disapproval for the erosion and sediment control plan for the pipe yard project.

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, 2017.

Nov. 8, 2017: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources issued letters requesting additional information for both general stormwater permit applications.
Additional Information Letter - Fayetteville Regional Office (Cumberland County Stormwater Permit)
Additional Information Letter - Raleigh Regional Office (Nash County Stormwater Permit)

Nov. 27, 2017: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources received the requested additional information for both general stormwater permit applications.
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 determined that an individual stormwater permit will be required for a contractor's yard to be constructed in Cumberland County.
Request for Additional Information - Nash Co. General Stormwater Permit
Request for Additional Information - Cumberland Co. General Stormwater Permit

Feb. 1, 2018: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources 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

Feb. 23, 2018: 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. 27, 2018: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources received an application for the stormwater permit required for constructing a contractor’s work yard in Cumberland County. The division 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 28-April 27, 2018: The Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources held a public comment period to obtain feedback on the draft stormwater permit for a contractor’s work yard to be built in Cumberland County as part of the pipeline project. 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Documents

FERC Final Environmental Impact Statement
FERC Notice of Revised Schedule for Environmental Review and Supply Header Project 

Public Engagement

March 23, 2017: 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.
Meeting Agenda
Sign-in Sheet
Staff Notes
Audio File

May 3, 2017: The Department of Environmental Quality hosted a stakeholder meeting in Raleigh to obtain feedback on communication efforts as it relates to the pipeline project.
Agenda
Audio File

July 18 and 20, 2017: Public hearings were held in Fayetteville and Rocky Mount to obtain public feedback on the 401 water quality certification.
401 Certification Public Notice
Hearing Documents
Public Comments

Aug. 9, 2017: 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 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.
Forum Agenda

Aug. 15-17, 2017: Three listening sessions were held to obtain additional public feedback on the pipeline project. The sessions were held in Rocky Mount, Jackson and Lumberton.
Handout on ACP Project
Handout on N.C. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Comments Submitted

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