The NC DEQ delays decision on the ACP 401 permit, saying much more information is needed! They also referred to the many comments they received.  PEOPLE POWER!!! Celebrate the delay, but there is MUCH more work to be done to STOP the pipeline!!

Thursday, September 14, the Division of Water Resources officials sent a 4 page  letter to ACP, LLC, calling for extensive additional information to be submitted to them within 30 days, and they expect to delay a decision for three months.  The letter refers to public comments that called attention to the lack of information on sedimentation and erosion, cumulative impacts and several other issues.  THIS MEANS THAT YOUR COMMENTS REALLY DID HAVE AN IMPACT!

This 3 month delay is important, as without a 401 permit, ACP  “has no authorization….for this activity”.   This is a remarkable rebuke to ACP’s efforts last week to speed up approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in order to “stick to our construction schedule.”
Much more information in an article by Elizabeth Ouzts of Southeast Energy News here!
Raise your glasses in celebration and prepare to protest an anticipated “conditional decision” by FERC in October, and advocacy for the final NC decision in December!