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PRESS RELEASE JULY 21 2017
EnvironmentaLEE ◊ Clean Water for NC ◊ Winyah Rivers Foundation ◊ Appalachian Voices ◊ NC WARN ◊ Crystal Coast WaterKeeper ◊ 350 Triangle ◊ Coastal Carolina Riverwatch ◊ Chatham Research Group ◊ The Canary Coalition ◊ River Guardian Foundation ◊ Save Our Sandhills ◊ Chatham Citizens Against the Coal Ash Dump ◊ Nash Stop the Pipeline ◊ Haw River Assembly ◊ Carolina Concerned Citizens ◊ EcoRobeson
NC Groups Speak Out: FERC’s Final EIS Ignores Critical Impacts, Fails to Assess Whether Atlantic Coast Pipeline is Needed At All
For Immediate Release Contact:
July 21, 2017 Hope Taylor, Clean Water for NC
Raleigh, NC and Communities along proposed the ACP Route—NC advocates and potentially impacted communities are already reacting strongly to the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline released today by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Pipeline opponents say a review of the FEIS conclusions shows it to be extremely biased in favor of the corporate interests who expect to profit handsomely from building the pipeline, at the expense of the public’s water, land and air, as well as landowner rights and safety. Moreover, they say the Final EIS shows almost no changes in response to extensive and detailed public comments, and still uses the same self-serving justification of “need” for the pipeline. The Commission has therefore failed to carry out its required assessment of the public need for the pipeline and the project’s ability to protect public resources.
Despite statements by industry that the Final EIS is an indication that FERC will almost certainly approve the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, it’s critical that the public and state agencies understand that an apparently favorable assessment does NOT make the pipeline approval a “done deal.” Several major state permits with significant opposition are still pending, including the “401 Water Quality Certification” for crossings of hundreds of streams, rivers and wetlands, and an air quality permit for the planned compressor station, a major pollution source, in Northampton County.
Instead of analyzing trends in overall electric demand in NC and the Southeast--which show that demand has been flat for over a decade--FERC’s reviewers only looked at the percentage of the pipeline’s 1.5 billion cubic feet/day capacity that ACP claims to have already been contracted. About 80% of the pipeline’s contracted capacity would be purchased by the utility affiliates of the same corporations building the ACP, to fuel their own planned gas fired power plants. That’s “self-dealing,” a type of corruption that should be banned by FERC, and certainly not used as a justification of need for the pipeline.
Amy Adams, NC Program Manager for Appalachian Voices, remarked, “The FERC final EIS reads as if it were written prior to any public comments on the DEIS, as none of the pertinent and substantive issues raised during the public process were included or addressed between the draft and the final. It's as if it were written months ago and simply held to be released at a scheduled time.”
“FERC doesn’t act as though any part of its mission is to protect the public interest or resources.” adds Hope Taylor, Executive Director of Clean Water for North Carolina. “The Commission’s uncritical permitting of natural gas pipelines will cause preventable climate change and tie up investment that could be used for a rapid transition to renewable power and a more energy efficient economy. The massive costs of building an unnecessary pipeline are expected to be paid by utility customers, even if the pipeline is hardly used—it’s unconscionable. From the FEIS’ exaggerated projections of economic benefits, to the lack of protections for ground and surface waters, to the casual treatment of explosion hazards to nearby communities, it’s clear that the people of North Carolina will need to protect ourselves. ”
Hundreds of advocacy groups throughout the US have pointed to FERC’s 30 year record of “rubber stamping” approvals for all but two proposed pipelines. Opponents of pipeline overbuilding are calling for Congressional hearings before the confirmation of any new FERC nominees. Currently, the Commission has only one sitting member, and needs at least three to make any major decisions, including pipeline approvals. As the Commission is funded entirely by fees from project applicants, many see this as a set up for pro-pipeline bias, and therefore not an appropriate way to fund a government commission with massive regulatory responsibilities. The consulting contractor who is reviewing the ACP certification on contract with FERC also has close links to contractors who have worked directly for pipeline projects.
The ACP would cross through 8 NC counties with average income significantly below the state’s, and higher than average African American and Native American populations. The pipeline may very well be the largest regional Environmental Justice threat in recent North Carolina history.
Many NC landowners and dozens of advocacy groups are preparing detailed critiques of the FEIS and pending state permits, and considering legal options if FERC grants the ironically named “certificate of necessity and convenience” for the ACP.
Lee County 2 year Fracking MORATORIUM passed!!
NOW the City of Sanford and Broadway needs follow the lead of the BOC !
LEE COMMISSIONERS: Board repeals pro-fracking resolution ,
was the headlines but even better than that ... The Lee County BOC made a new resolution a "NO Frack resolution" .
Passed 5 to 2 vote.
Here is a link to the Actions taken by the BOC .
Here is a link to the story at The Sanford Herald .
North Carolina GOP Passed an Unprecedented Law to Jail Anyone Who Discloses Fracking Chemicals
Okay , they want us to believe fracking is safe ! We should not fear them putting chemicals in our ground ...
But NC government decided we don't need to know what they put in our ground and if we do find out the full cocktail and Tell , we could go to jail ?
They decided it is better for the Gas companies for Us Not to Know !
So here you go NOT a full list but more than I want mixed in my Water.
There are ALL KINDS of list out there but none are complete .
Here is the list of chemicals used in fracking. It's flipping public information!
Wouldn't you want this cocktail in YOUR backyard ? Or being dumped into your water supply?
Alkyl benzene sulfonic acid
Ammonium Salt (alkylpolyether sulfate)
carboxymethylhydroxypropyl guar blend
Complex polyamine salt
Crystalline Silica: Cristobalite
Crystalline Silica: Quartz
Cupric chloride dihydrate
EO-C7-9-iso-, C8 rich-alcohols
EO-C9-11-iso-, C10-rich alcohols
Hydrochloric Acid 3% – 35%
Polyethylene Glycol Mixture
Sodium Xylene Sulfonate
Tetramethyl ammonium Chloride