Atlantic Coast Pipeline
If completed, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, or ACP, would carry fracked gas along a 600-mile route from West Virginia through Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina — and would devastate communities, cultures, ecosystems, and climate along the way.
This pipeline would require 38 miles of mountaintop removal and carry enough fracked gas to generate over 67 million metric tons of climate pollution annually — the equivalent of 20 U.S. coal plants. It would damage farm and forest land, cause habitat loss and fragmentation of wildlife, and diminish the recreational value of natural areas.
The ACP also serves as the poster child for environmental racism. It would disproportionately harm poor, African-American, and Indigenous communities. Compared to their statewide numbers, Native Americans are over-represented by a factor of ten along the North Carolina section of the pipeline route. One of the largest fracked gas compressor stations ever to be built is set to be located in Union Hill, an African-American community of great historical and cultural significance to Virginia.
Confronted with extensive legal and regulatory challenges, the ACP is significantly behind schedule and over budget, and faces fundamental challenges to its financial viability. This project is financially and environmentally toxic and must be dropped.
- The National Congress of American Indians, Support for Meaningful Tribal Consultation in Accordance with Applicable Laws to Identify and Mitigate the Adverse Impacts of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on Affected Indian Tribes
- Oil Change International Report, Burning the Gas ‘Bridge Fuel’ Myth
- NC Native Environment, Deep Dive into Atlantic Coast Pipeline
- Ryan Emanuel, Flawed Environmental Justice Analyses
U.S. Representative Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) joined with 61 other members of Congress yesterday to file an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to move forward with the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Local and national groups today joined in a community-wide protest against the proposed Piedmont Natural Gas (PNG) facility.
Investors should be aware that Bank of America’s pumping of finance into fossil fuel infrastructure is accelerating climate catastrophe and community destruction. This is bad for the Earth, and bad for investors’ bottom-line.