Request From Steve, Kay, And The Team At NC APPPL


You are free to send out this Action Alert out under your own organization’s name today. Please distribute this to all your constituents and support them in making phone calls and sending a message and letters to the Governor and the additional officials TODAY. Time is very short to secure the requested public hearings and for DEQ to request more information from the ACP before making any final decision on the 401 Water Quality Permit. Note the attached report which you should include.

Most of you know that Dominion, Duke and the ACP are putting unprecedented and unrelenting pressure, backed by unlimited money, on Governor Cooper, the Attorney General, and NC DEQ to approve the remaining permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

We who know that the pipeline will be a disaster must challenge our state officials to do what’s right and to resist to ACP pressure and money.

Specifically, we would like you to join us in communicating by letter and email with the five public officials (names and addresses below) to demand that they schedule at least three additional public hearings in the impacted counties of eastern North Carolina. We, the public, must have the opportunity to rebut recent fraudulent claims made about the pipeline. Since there is considerable evidence that a decision will be made soon in Raleigh regarding the pipeline, it is imperative that this be done immediately.


We have tried to devise an easy and quick way for you to do this. Below you will find a sample letter to Governor Cooper that can be sent to all five of them. You can send this letter as is or you can restate it in your own words. Either way, please make sure you say clearly that we, the public, want three additional hearings before any decision regarding the ACP is made in Raleigh. And please be sure to read this new report on the ACP’s failure to demonstrate economic benefit to North Carolina. It describes serious economic and environmental concerns that the state’s leaders need to consider before making a decision on the pipeline permits.

There are three possible ways to deliver this letter to the five public officials:

  • Copy and paste the letter into 5 separate emails (powerful),
  • print 5 copies of the letter and send them by certified mail to the 5 officials (more powerful),
  • or if you live in the Triangle, hand deliver them in person. (most powerful).

Take action now! Call or email us if you have questions. And thank you on behalf of NC APPPL and the wider community of North Carolinians fighting tooth and nail to stop this pipeline.

In solidarity,
Steve Norris, 828-777-7816,
Kay Reibold, 919-621-1776,



Governor Cooper, I am writing to respectfully request that three public hearings sponsored by NC DEQ be held to address recent and unsatisfactory economic development claims and submissions by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC.

Governor Cooper, we know that you care about the environment of our state and we have seen this in your courageous stand against offshore drilling. Now we ask you to demonstrate that same care for the environment with respect to some of North Carolina’s most vulnerable populations:  indigenous people, people of color, and economically disadvantaged communities in the east who live along the proposed route of the ACP. We strongly urge you to take as strong a stand against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline as you have done with offshore drilling.

Unfortunately, ACP chose the worst possible route for its proposed pipeline. It had considered other routes earlier, but just like our coastal communities that you are protecting, those earlier routes would have taken the pipeline closer to wealthier and less racially diverse populations. And although ACP has used economic development as its major justification, in thousands of pages of submissions to NC DEQ and others it has failed to provide persuasive data or details to support this claim. (Please see attached analysis “ACP Failure to Demonstrate Economic Development Benefit to the NC Department of Environmental Quality and the Public of North Carolina“) The NC Department of Environmental Quality has been asking ACP questions about this claim since September and ACP has repeatedly sidestepped the inquiries.

I am writing to request that the DEQ immediately hold public hearings in Robeson, Cumberland and Johnston Counties regarding ACP’s economic development claims and submissions. These hearings will enable you, the DEQ, and the Attorney General’s office to hear public input about these important questions and to review it as a part of the 401 Water Quality Permit application.

We respectfully ask that you authorize the Attorney General to IMMEDIATELY direct DEQ to initiate public hearings to address the economic development concerns and other concerns, claims and submissions by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).

Sincerely,   (Add your name and contact information)


Names and Addresses of Officials to Receive Certified Letters and Emails 

Address all requests to Gov. Roy Cooper with copies to the additional officials

Governor Roy Cooper
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301


NOTE: To call the Governor and the Governor’s staff, call the Governor’s office request to be connected to the Governor and particular staff listed below:  919-814-2000


Jenny Owen
Director of Policy
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301


Sadie Weiner
Director of Communications
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301


Jeremy Tarr
Energy Policy Director
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301


Secretary Michael S. Regan
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
217 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, N.C., 27603


Assistant Secretary Sheila Holman
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
217 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, N.C., 27603


Director Linda Culpepper
N.C. Division of Water Resources
512 N. Salisbury Street, 7th floor
Raleigh, N.C., 27604


 Dan Hirschman
Senior Deputy Attorney General
114 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 716-6600


Blake Thomas
Deputy General Counsel
114 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

(919) 716-6414


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