Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Project Type: Pipeline Construction
Affected Counties: Cumberland, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Northampton, Robeson, Sampson, and Wilson
Estimated Cost: $5 billion
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, an interstate natural gas pipeline scheduled to begin construction soon, will route through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. Its purpose is to transport natural gas in an ongoing effort to provide energy that is cleaner, more energy efficient, and less expensive than coal.
The joint venture among Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, and AGL Resources is known collectively as Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC. Dominion Resources, who will operate the pipeline, is leading the project on behalf of the partners.
The 564-mile-long pipeline will begin in Harrison County, West Virginia, extend through Virginia, and dogleg southwest to end in Robeson County, North Carolina. In total, 27 counties across these three states will be affected (six in WV, eight in NC and 13 in VA).
More than 1,000 NC Properties in 8 Counties Affected
In North Carolina, the pipeline will roughly parallel Interstate 95, beginning in Northampton County at the northern border, traversing through a total of eight counties before it ends its 194-mile journey in Robeson County. Affected North Carolina counties include Cumberland, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Northampton, Robeson, Sampson, and Wilson.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, formally applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in September for permission to start breaking ground in 2016. It is estimated that pipeline construction should take two years to build.
- Southeast Energy News: “Pipeline opponents face long odds in eminent domain fight“
- WRAL: “Duke Energy, partners to build $5B gas pipeline from WV to NC“
- Daily Herald: “Natural gas pipeline project continues“
- The Daily Progress: “Pipeline proponents take landowners to court over access“
- Fierce Energy: “Atlantic Coast Pipeline outlines suggested routes, still working to convince landowners“
- The News & Advance: “FERC: No more hearings on Atlantic Coast Pipeline“
- The National Law Review: “Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline: North Carolina Property Owners Are Being Contacted“
- Survey/Route Planning – May 2014 to June 2015
- FERC Pre-filing Request – October 2014
- FERC Certificate Application – September 2015
- Right-of-way Acquisition – Underway
- Construction Start – 2016
- Estimated Project Completion – 2018
The pipeline consortium is earmarking roughly $300 million to acquire land in the three states. In North Carolina, more than 1,000 parcels of land will be affected.
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