Below are some common questions and answers about the ACP:
- Would the pipeline impact our water supply?
Water is Life, and the ACP which crosses several major North Carolina Rivers, many smaller tributaries and feeder streams, and miles of wetlands, endangers all of our lives. Some of the rivers provide drinking water.
- Would the pipeline impact where I live?
Our homes are sacred and must be safe. In North Carolina the ACP crosses more than 1300 parcels of land, and is near enough to thousands of homes that, in the event of a rupture or explosion, it will endanger both homes and families in them, as well as farm animals and pets.
- Would the pipeline increase my taxes? What about home values?
Dominion promises that the pipeline will increase county tax revenues. However, the ACP will reduce property values, and in the process may significantly reduce municipal tax revenues.
- How would the pipeline impact property and farmland?
Farmland is damaged by the installation of the pipeline, both temporarily and permanently. To install the pipeline workers will clear a 150 foot wide swath of land through fields, pastures, gardens, and wherever it goes. This land will be rendered useless during construction. But there is evidence that even 20 years after installation, the earth does not entirely recover and fertility may be seriously compromised.
- Wouldn't the pipeline bring jobs to the area?
In communities along the proposed route, the ACP is promoted as a driver of new business and jobs. But the falling shale gas supply and high future prices make this a risky promise. New jobs and businesses that come to the area based on the promise of cheap, abundant gas might not survive when fracking production begins to decline, driving gas prices up. "What we're seeing is the tail end of a bubble." – Rusty Braziel, President of RBN Energy, on comparing over-built pipelines to the recent housing crisis. And the truth is, creating the infrastructure for clean, renewable energy sources brings far more jobs that are long lasting. In 2016 solar alone accounted for 1 in 50 new U.S. jobs.
- Don't we need this pipeline to move the existing gas supply?
The pipeline is not needed. Reliable studies indicate that there is already an excess of pipeline capacity to handle the available gas.
- Will the pipeline decrease my energy bills?
The ACP, which will cost about $5 billion, will increase the price of electricity. As a regulated monopoly Duke Energy is by law guaranteed a hefty profit on anything it builds. In addition since Duke has pretty much captured NC state regulators, and the public's needs are largely ignored, Duke will make even more money at the ratepayers' expense.
- Would Duke Power insure there won't be impacts on the health of our community?
Duke's lack of concern for the health and safety of the people of North Carolina has been repeatedly demonstrated in its unconscionably careless disposal of coal ash from its many coal fired power plants, and in its resistance to proposals for proper and safe disposal of coal ash from its storage ponds. This coal ash has disproportionately impacted poor people and people of color throughout the state.
- Who would be most affected by the pipeline?
As with coal ash, the ACP has been routed along the I-95 corridor in such a way that it will disproportionately impact poor people, people of color, and indigenous peoples.
- Where is the gas coming from?
The pipeline is designed to transport fracked gas from West Virginia. Fracking is a process which often poisons water, farms, and harms and endangers farms, families and communities where it occurs. It also sometimes causes earthquakes. West Virginia, which has already been turned into a sacrifice zone by the coal industry, will be further damaged by the demand for gas which this pipeline may generate.
- Wouldn't this keep prices down on gas in NC since we'd have more of it?
Duke and Dominion argue that the ACP will help keep down the price of gas by increasing supply to NC. This might be the case if the gas was made available only for domestic consumption. However both Duke and Dominion are involved in the construction of LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) export terminals to ship gas overseas. We already know that some ACP gas will be exported as well, from Cove Point Maryland, from Elba Island in Georgia and from Florida. At the same time as it harms and endangers the people of NC, this pipeline may provide little if any benefit to the people of North Carolina, and little gas.
- Is natural gas better for the environment?
No, in fact the ACP, by increasing the demand for fracked gas, will contribute mightily to global warming. In the fracking process, in the pumping and transport of the gas through pipelines, and in the burning of the gas in power plants and elsewhere, massive amount of methane leak or otherwise escape into the atmosphere. This methane is a more potent green house gas than Carbon dioxide. By building the ACP, Duke and Dominion may make it impossible to control global temperature increases, and may cause the US to violate the agreements it made last year at the Climate Change conference in Paris.
- Can the ACP be stopped?
Absolutely – if people work together. It's already being delayed by our neighbors in Virginia. Other pipelines are being defeated. And many fracking gas corporations are going bankrupt. We must get organized and share the news that the ACP – and Duke Energy's fracking future – would be bad for all North Carolinians. Learn how you can get involved!