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DEQ cites Colonial Pipeline for gasoline spill, material includes cancer-causing chemicals
The cancer-causing compound benzene has been detected in groundwater from an Aug. 14 gasoline spill in Huntersville, prompted state regulators to cite Colonial Pipeline, which is responsible for the accident. The NC Department of Environmental Quality announced today that it has issued a notice of violation for impacts to groundwater as a result of the […]
DEQ required Dominion to pay $1.5 million for potential, actual damage from Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Dominion Energy paid more than $1.5 million to the NC Department of Environmental Quality to offset potential and actual damage from the construction and operation of the now-defunct Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The payment, made in February 2018 to the Division of Mitigation Services, was part of a state program for impacts to water quality and […]
Break in previously repaired pipe cause of Colonial Pipeline’s massive gasoline spill
At 42 years old, the pipeline could take no more. Colonial Pipeline has identified a break in a previously repaired segment of pipe as the cause of a 272,580-gallon gasoline spill in Huntersville in August. Details of the accident were made public in a 30-day report filed with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The […]
Colonial Pipeline gasoline spill in Huntersville was bigger — much bigger — than originally thought
The Colonial Pipeline spill on Aug. 14 released nearly five times more gasoline than previously estimated — at least 272,580 gallons, a number that could rise as the clean up in Huntersville continues. On the date of the spill, Colonial was required to immediately notify state and federal authorities with an estimated amount of gasoline […]
After gasoline spill, Colonial Pipeline offers to connect some Huntersville households to public water
Five households along Huntersville-Concord Road have received offers from Colonial Pipeline to cap their private drinking water wells and connect them to a public water system, after at least 63,000 gallons of gasoline spilled in the area. The release occurred on Aug. 14. A breach in the pipeline, which is nearly 60 years old, caused […]
Two weeks after Colonial Pipeline gasoline spill, Huntersville residents alarmed about ongoing lack of transparency
Town of Huntersville holding public meeting tonight to answer questions about the spill and the cleanup plan.
In the early evening of Aug. 14, a person riding an ATV near the Oehler Nature Preserve in Huntersville saw a strange phenomenon: liquid gurgling from beneath the ground and spreading downhill.
Environmental reporter Lisa Sorg discusses herbicide-tainted compost plaguing NC gardeners, PFAS and the latest on the ACP/MVP pipelines
BREAKING: DEQ denies key permits for MVP Southgate natural gas pipeline
Division of Water Resources cites doubts about MVP Mainline project, says construction in NC could cause “unnecessary water quality impacts”
Another natural gas pipeline in North Carolina has been derailed, at least temporarily, as the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has denied a water quality permit for the MVP Southgate project that would route through Rockingham and Alamance counties.
Along now-defunct Atlantic Coast Pipeline route, landowners are left in the lurch
Environmental destruction, property entanglements will take years to address
Behind a black wooden farm gate, near Wade in Cumberland County, used to lie a meadow. Serene, tree-lined, it was a spot of utopia where Donovan McLaurin had planned to build a small house for himself.
PW exclusive: The death of a pipeline
After years of effort, opponents of the cancelled Atlantic Coast Pipeline celebrate, reflect and look to the future
Belinda Joyner had returned from Sunday church and was settling in for the afternoon when she heard the news.
“Is this real?” Joyner asked her friend, who sent an email with the official announcement.
“Yes,” her friend replied.
BREAKING: Duke, Dominion cancel $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline
This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available. Duke Energy and Dominion Energy announced Sunday that they are cancelling the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile natural gas project that has been in the works for six years. The utilities cited “ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty which threaten the economic […]
Pipeline news: Dominion requests 2-year extension for ACP; feds approve MVP
Construction on the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline won’t be complete until 2022, Dominion Energy told federal regulators last week in its request for a two-year extension. Dominion and Duke Energy, co-owners of the ACP, originally projected construction would be finished in 2019. Multiple legal challenges and permitting issues have added to the delays, as well […]
US Supreme Court hands win to Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but other hurdles remain for project
By Sarah Vogelsong and Lisa Sorg The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile natural gas pipeline being built by utility heavyweights Dominion Energy and Duke Energy, can cross beneath the Appalachian Trail in Virginia’s George Washington National Forest. But the 7-2 decision, penned by Justice Clarence Thomas […]
NCDOT apologizes to Durham leaders for failing to inform them about proposed Dominion pipeline along American Tobacco Trail
Yet a mid-level Durham employee knew about the proposal in 2018 but never informed city leaders.
The state Department of Transportation apologized to Triangle government officials today for failing to inform them of a proposal to build a natural gas pipeline along part of the American Tobacco Trail, one of the premier recreational destinations in the region.