The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is one of the most significant interstate natural gas transmission projects proposed in North Carolina in the past sixty years. The proposed pipeline would begin in Harrison County, West Virginia and extend approximately 550 miles, crossing Virginia into North Carolina, transporting natural gas south from the Marcellus Shale region. The final route of the pipeline is expected to traverse Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Sampson, Cumberland and Robeson Counties. Frequently asked questions and answers about the pipeline can be downloaded from here.
The pipeline is a joint venture of Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, and Southern Company Gas. Once all required approvals are obtained from FERC, EPA and N.C. agencies, construction is expected to begin later this year and will continue until 2019. Detailed information about the pipeline, including maps and other resources, can be found through this Dominion Resources website and a website promoting the pipeline can be found at https://atlanticcoastpipeline.com/.
On May 8, 2017 the pipeline applied to the N.C. Division of Water Resources (“DWR”) for its 401 Water Quality Certification permit necessary to construct one compressor station and install approximately 186 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline in North Carolina. The application and related information can be found through the DWR edocs portal. DWR will hold public hearings in Fayetteville, NC on July 18 and Rocky Mount, NC on July 20 to accept comments on the project. Written comments will also be accepted until August 19, 2017. Additional information about the public hearings and comment period can be found in the DWR public notice.