WASHINGTON - Faced with rising costs and opposition, the builders of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline reportedly are canceling the project that would have traveled 600 miles from West Virginia through Virginia into North Carolina.
The following is a statement by Gillian Giannetti, an attorney in the Sustainable FERC Project at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council):
“This is tremendous news for West Virginians, Virginians, and North Carolinians who deserve clean air, safe water and protection from climate change. The costly and unneeded Atlantic Coast pipeline would have threatened waterways and communities across its 600-mile path. Its cancellation also marks a victory for Virginians in Union Hill whose concerns about a proposed gas compressor station were repeatedly ignored, and for tribal communities in North Carolina who were similarly rebuffed by state and federal agencies.
“As they abandon this dirty pipe dream, Dominion and Duke should now pivot to investing more in energy efficiency, wind and solar—that’s how to provide jobs and a better future for all.”
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