Meetings begin on gas pipeline through NC

Posted January 5, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015

The 550-mile "Atlantic Coast Pipeline," which will run from West Virginia to North Carolina and cost $5 billion to build, is designed to meet the growing need for natural gas in eastern North Carolina.

— Energy companies that want to build a natural gas pipeline through several North Carolina counties plan to hold public meetings on the project this week in the state.

The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would run 550 miles from West Virginia and Virginia before ending in North Carolina's Robeson County.

A consortium of energy companies led by Dominion Resources Inc. is holding public meetings Tuesday in Fayetteville, Wednesday in Smithfield and Thursday in Jackson. Other meetings will be held in January in Virginia and West Virginia.

Meeting times, locations

Tuesday, 5-7:30 p.m. 
Doubletree Hotel
1965 Cedar Creek Rd.
Fayetteville, NC 28312

Wednesday, 5-7:30 p.m. 
Johnston Community College
245 College Road
Smithfield, NC 27577

Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Cultural & Wellness Center
9536 NC 305 Hwy
Jackson, NC 27845

Dominion says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will also lead public meetings on the proposed pipeline before the commission receives a formal application for the project. The pipeline would need FERC approval to proceed.

A map of the proposed route shows that it would run through Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Sampson, Cumberland and Robeson counties, roughly parallel in many places to Interstate 95.

Dominion would own 45 percent of the joint venture behind the pipeline, while Duke Energy Corp. would own 40 percent and other partners would have smaller stakes.

Dominion says the pipeline will make it easier to deliver natural gas from shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to growing markets in North Carolina and Virginia.

The company says construction of the pipeline will bring jobs to the state, and once it's in service by late 2018, it should alleviate spikes in gas prices that can happen during winter.

The project has faced opposition from some landowners in Virginia who have attempted to prevent the company from surveying on their land along the route. The company has sought court orders against more than 40 landowners in two counties.

There appears to be less opposition by landowners in North Carolina. Dominion spokesman Jim Norvelle said in an email that 86 percent of the owners of 1,250 parcels along the route in North Carolina have already given the company permission to survey.

The company has filed legal action against three landowners in Cumberland County and two in Nash County "that have steadfastly refused to grant us permission to survey," Norvelle said. But the company doesn't expect that step to be necessary with any other landowners in the state.

The company says on its website that laws in all three states give it the right to survey private land, but that it "will continue to work with the landowner until an agreement is reached or a court order is obtained affirming Dominion's legal right to survey."

Once the route is finalized, Dominion will negotiate easement agreements that include compensation for landowners. The company says it reaches agreements in nearly all cases, but: "Eminent domain is an action of last resort."


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 7, 2015

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    I agree that "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." I think there's a reason that it's the mantra of the future on shows like Star Trek...but this is a liberal & betterment-of-society concept...which is far and away from a Conservative standpoint. usual.

    Maybe you could show us the Constitutional reference that you are using to bash liberals. Or, were you just being sarcastic. (which I often am, so no worries there. lol)

  • rocket Jan 6, 2015

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    Sorry, but there's nothing conservative about your point of view.

  • davidhartman Jan 6, 2015

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    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

    Liberal NIMBY's need not apply.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 6, 2015

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    So, you have no problem with government forcing seizure and sale of private land? "Hey, Mr. Farmer. Leave. Get off this land. It's the government's now. We don't care if your great grandfather built this. Scram."

    And, what about forced property devaluation from damages of pollution, undesirable views, smells, etc...for those who need to remain? Do you say, "Too bad" for them too?

  • jmcdow2792 Jan 6, 2015

    Good for Eastern NC. The area needs more good jobs. Jobs will solve lots of issues.

  • srw4720 Jan 5, 2015

    Do you folks know we already have pipelines all over the SE? What is the fuss about? I know. You would rather have tankers pulling into Wilm and Morehead. When was the last time a pipeline busted and leaked into anything? Duke sure does have interest in nat gas. Cheaper, cleaner than coal and better for environment.

  • arfamr1010 Jan 5, 2015

    pipelines are the safest and most efficient way to transport material. Build it now!!

  • Matthew Behrle Jan 5, 2015
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    What's the point in owning land anymore, it's not like it gives you any rights, except to pay taxes on it...

  • rushbot Jan 5, 2015

    awful, keep it away.

  • kekkoinochi Jan 5, 2015

    Bring it on. This allows for other parts of the country to ship Natural Gas. Pipelines are safer and very efficient. More natural gas = less foreign oil.