N.C. officials reject environmental plan for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration has rejected environmental plans by an energy company quartet to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through the “Tar Heel State.”

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s letter of disapproval is the first decision concerning the proposed natural gas line from any state or federal government agency in the three states (West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina) the project would traverse.

The $5 billion project’s partners, including Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas, also expect a decision this month from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as to whether the 600-mile pipeline is necessary.

The five-page letter of rejection (reviewed by Kallanish Energy) lists 17 “Reasons for Disapproval” which actually are actions the line’s developers must perform for the project to move forward.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality said the 42-inch line doesn’t meet the state’s standards for erosion and sediment control.

The agency has asked the four partners to resubmit the application with additional information within 15 days, or to contest the agency’s disapproval and request a hearing within 60 days.

Duke issued a statement Monday saying it will submit the information.