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Alert for all opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline! Call the Governor today

We’ve just learned that Duke Energy has cranked up the heat on Governor Cooper’s administration to approve the Water Quality Permit for the destructive fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline by the end of THIS WEEK!! Duke and its corporate partner in the ACP, Dominion Energy, are pushing hard to build the project as soon as possible, so they they can start reaping huge profits from building the pipeline and jacking up your electric rates!

But N.C. environmental regulators (DEQ) who are responsible for protecting our natural resources have not reviewed all of the potential impacts on our public resources, and they haven’t even evaluated the limited and misleading economic information sent by ACP, LLC following DEQ’s “additional information request.” The governor MUST call for more public hearings – at least 3 sites distributed along the pipeline corridor – to collect input on a project that could harm our communities for decades to come.

Please call Governor Cooper TODAY at (919) 814-2000 and tell him to require DEQ to hold public hearings on the additional information submitted by the ACP.

You can also email his energy and environment Policy Advisor, Jeremy Tarr, at jeremy.tarr@nc.gov, and the Secretary of DEQ, Michael.Regan@ncdenr.gov. Thank you – your action could make a critical difference!

This massive fracked-gas pipeline would run 186 miles through Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Cumberland and Robeson Counties. All of these counties except Johnston County have higher percentages persons of color than the state average, and higher poverty rates, too. Hundreds of landowners and residents would be displaced or impacted, and would face increased risks. Some of the most vulnerable residents of eastern NC will face most of the adverse impacts, with little or no chance of getting even temporary jobs, much less the long term economic development that ACP has claimed! Finally, hundreds of vulnerable streams, wetlands and rivers will be degraded for a project that isn’t even needed, as energy demand has been flat in the southeast for years, and is expected to remain so. Any additional energy demand can be more than met by safer, more cost effective, more job-creating renewable energy and energy efficiency installations!

Possible script for calling the Governor’s office:

We ask that you authorize the DEQ to IMMEDIATELY plan for at least 3 more public hearings along the proposed ACP corridor to address the economic development, health, safety and environmental concerns being raised, as well as claims and information submitted by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP, LLC) since the close of the original comment period. We ask that you take as firm as stance against the ACP as you have against offshore drilling. Both of these proposed projects would lock North Carolina into another generation of fossil fuel use, delaying the shift to more cost effective and cleaner energy sources, and the adverse impacts would greatly outweigh any benefits.

Can’t call today? Consider sending a tweet to @NC_Governor and @NCDEQ with the message above.

ACP march

Marching against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in eastern NC.

Contact your NC and Federal Officials about the ACP At This Critical Time!

There’s no evidence that the ACP will create any lasting jobs or economic development in poor, rural counties.  Speak up for safe water, air and the rights of landowners and residents!  

Help us take action! Click here to help us flood the Governor’s office with Holiday-themed NO ACP postcards. Pick your favorite design here and send a digital postcard to the Governor. You can also download and print at home!

Thank the Governor (919-814-2000) and key DEQ officials for their rigorous, critical review of all permits for the ACP.  Ask them to do the right thing and turn down permits for water quality certification, stormwater and sediment and erosion plans that do NOT protect the interests of the public or North Carolina waters.

 

Also Contact (call or email) your elected state and federal officials of either party and let them know your thinking on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Energy demand in the southeast US is flat, there is simply no need for a huge new pipeline or new gas fired power plants—they will NOT create jobs, but will cause significant climate harm and will take resources away from $billions in anticipated renewable energy development that actually WILL help create rural jobs.

If you are not in an ACP impacted county, it’s still important that your officials know how you feel about the ACP!  Look your officials up by county using this link. If you are in an ACP impacted county, use the links below to find all of your state and federal elected officials.  Remember, the 5-10 minutes you spend contacting your officials could have a major impact on later decisions and coverage!    Thank you!

Northampton                               Halifax                          Nash                          Wilson
Johnston                                     Sampson                      Cumberland              Robeson

Lead Violations Impact Vulnerable NC Communities

Rachel Velez

Rachel Velez, guest author

While many are aware of the recent water crisis in Flint, Michigan, public health issues relating to lead and copper contamination may be closer to home than you think. Clean Water for North Carolina recently obtained a dataset from the North Carolina Public Water Supply section detailing almost 1,000 lead and copper violations over the past four years. With an estimated ¾’s of North Carolinians accessing their drinking water from public water systems, we wanted to use this data to discover if lead and copper exposure disproportionately affects certain communities throughout our state.

One way to determine if certain communities are at a greater risk is by looking at the socioeconomic statuses of the North Carolina counties in which the violations have been reported. The N.C. Department of Commerce assigns counties to Tier 1, 2, or 3 designations based on their economic well-being, with Tier 1 counties being the most economically distressed and Tier 3 counties the least. According to the data, the majority of LCR violations occur in Tier 2 counties, while Tier 1 counties reported the least LCR violations. This trend is both interesting and surprising, as poor infrastructure and maintenance is oftentimes most characteristic of lower-income communities.
Tiers & LCR violations
While regions recognized as the most economically distressed do not appear to be disproportionately affected on the county scale, public water systems servicing communities predominately home to lower income residents, specifically mobile home parks, reported the majority of LCR violations across the board. Approximately 30% of the total 879 LCR violations over the past four years were reported in mobile home communities, with no specific pattern regarding county tier designation. Even more concerning, over 50% of the violating water systems did not provide a Lead Consumer Notice form to the mobile home residents, which defines key terms, provides sampling results, and explains health threats associated with exposure.

Homestead MHP

A residence in Homestead Mobile Home Park, Orange County. The water system violated the LCR on 1/1/2015 through not providing its residents with a Lead Consumer Notice form — a public education requirement for residents exposed to lead and copper in their drinking water.

Water systems serving educational institutions, including schools and daycares account for about 16% of the total LCR violations over the past four years. Approximately 30% of these violations were reported in Tier 1 counties, primarily in southern Columbus county. Greenglo Daycare Center located in Vance County reported the most violations among all public water systems serving educational institutions, with 13 violations stemming from 2013, five of which have yet to be returned to compliance. In fact, Greenglo ranked third in number of violations among any other water system described in the report, behind Sixty-Eight Place at Oak Ridge shopping center (14 violations) and Cedar Lake Condos (17 violations).

Threats to our nation’s public health are not spread homogeneously across the country, and the same goes for when looking at lead and copper violations across North Carolina. To stay informed on the quality of public drinking water sources, consumers can contact their providers and ask about lead sampling dates and results, and request Lead Consumer Notice forms mentioned above. Private well users can also be at risk of lead in drinking water. Well users may contact their local health department for information on how to test for lead, or contact Clean Water for NC at info@cwfnc.org. (Read on for more background on the Lead & Copper Rule).
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The Atlantic Coast Pipeline–NC Can Stop it!

Even before FERC’s “conditional approval” of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on Oct. 13, NC’s Dept. of Environmental Quality was requesting lots more information from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline about how they would protect NC water quality, and actually disapproving ACP’s application for an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan.

The ACP is NOT a “done deal”–YOU can make a difference! By thanking key NC regulators for their rigorous review of the ACP applications and encouraging them to disapprove these permits, you’ll let them know the public is watching.

Come to the  “All I Want for Christmas is NO ACP” Rally on Monday, November 13th  12:00 PM in front of the Dept of Admininistration Bldg, 116 W. Jones St.and let DEQ that we expect them to do the right thing!

WV compressor station located near where ACP would start

November 15th is the Air Quality permit hearing for the huge compressor station planned for Northampton County!  This compressor station would release particulates, methane and toxic volatile organic compounds as well as bring high noise levels to nearby residents. The hearing will be on November 15th, at Garysburg Town Hall (504 Old Highway Road), and you can send comments to publiccomments@ncdenr.gov until Nov. 20th. For more information on the hearing, check here. Facebook event page hereFor key concerns and talking points on the permit click here.