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Dominion backs off plan to build natural gas pipeline along part of American Tobacco Trail
Dominion Energy no longer plans to build a controversial natural gas pipeline along six miles of the American Tobacco Trail, Policy Watch has confirmed. Half the 13-mile underground pipeline would have run in an easement owned by the NC Department of Transportation, and along the ATT from Scott King Road, near Herndon Park in Durham, and […]
NCDOT, Dominion excluded top Durham officials from discussions on proposed pipeline along American Tobacco Trail
The NC Department of Transportation failed to inform top Durham officials of a controversial natural gas pipeline that would parallel part of the American Tobacco Trail, one of the city’s — and the region’s — most popular recreational areas. Emails obtained by Policy Watch under the Public Records Act show that city officials were caught […]
Monday numbers: A closer look at the Mountain Valley Pipeline (and the doublespeak regulators employ to describe its environmental impacts)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rarely met a pipeline it didn’t like, and the MVP Southgate project is no exception.
In its 500-plus-page Final Environmental Impact Statement the commission determined that the 70-mile project — 48 miles of which will run through Rockingham and Alamance counties — won’t significantly impact the environment, as long as contractors properly mitigate the damage.
Environmental advocates, fossil fuel industry debate Atlantic Coast Pipeline at the U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Where does a trail end and the land beneath it begin?
That’s just one of the thorny questions the Supreme Court grappled with Monday morning during a one-hour hearing on a U.S. Forest Service permit for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The hearing has been hotly anticipated by both the gas and oil industry, which supports the pipeline, and the environmental advocacy community, which opposes the project.
Department of Commerce looks at pipeline that leads to over-incarceration of disabled individuals
Individuals with disabilities are over-represented in the prison system, and the disparities are rooted in a school-to-prison pipeline that punishes disadvantaged youth — it’s a trend reported nationally by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics that is mirrored in North Carolina, according to a new analysis by the state Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic […]
Pipelines, roads and railways: This is why you should care about Trump’s rollback of NEPA, a key environmental law
By the time the new Interstate 885 opens in Durham later this year, some of the people who conceived of the original project will have been long dead.
In the works for 60 years, the East End Connector, as Durhamites call it, funnels traffic over four miles from NC 147 to US 70 and onto I-85, to reduce congestion on surface streets.
Environmental reporter Lisa Sorg discusses the climate crisis, ‘forever’ chemicals and our waterways, proposed pipelines for North Carolina, and the future of hog nuisance trials in 2020.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline investigation: Much ado about … something?
There are too many reasons to mention why we should be skeptical of the N.C. General Assembly’s keen interest in Gov. Roy Cooper’s handling of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline permitting. Republican lawmakers went full Barnum & Bailey last year when they attempted to extract pipeline details from Lee Lilley, Cooper’s newly-named director of legislative affairs, […]
Investigation: Gov. Cooper didn’t benefit from pipeline fund, but “improperly used his authority” to strike a deal
A top advisor to Gov. Roy Cooper allegedly told a Duke Energy lobbyist that Cooper, not Secretary of the Environment Michael Regan, would make the final decision on a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, according to an investigative summary released today. Investigators with Eagle Intel based the information in part on a text […]
GOP swings and misses with pipeline attacks on Cooper
Back in the early 1990’s, the late and sorely missed Bob Hensley – a talented, feisty and frequently funny trial lawyer and Democratic state representative from Wake County – was engaged in a tense debate on the House floor with a Republican adversary when things suddenly turned personal.
Having been cornered by Hensley’s formidable skills at debate, the GOP lawmaker lashed out and accused Hensley of being untruthful in some of his claims about the bill in question.
Senior advisor to lawmakers: Gov. Cooper’s office didn’t meddle in DEQ permitting of Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Skepticism about the economic promises of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline prompted Gov. Roy Cooper’s office to establish a $57.8 million mitigation fund, a top official told lawmakers this morning. Ken Eudy, senior advisor to the governor, told the Joint Subcommittee on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that Cooper did not use a key water quality permit […]
State Board of Ed receives hopeful report of progress in slowing NC’s school-to-prison pipeline
GREENSBORO – A Pender County graduate almost missed an opportunity to pursue his dream job because he got into a fight while in high school at age 15.
New Hanover County Chief District Court Judge J.H. Corpening told the State Board of Education (SBE) on Wednesday that the young man dreamed of joining the U.S. Air Force to pursue a career in military intelligence.
DEQ staff to investigators: We knew nothing about the governor’s deal with Dominion over Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Ten NC Department of Environmental Quality staff, including Assistant Secretary Sheila Holman, told investigators earlier this month that they did not communicate with the governor’s office in advance about a $57.8 million mitigation fund related to the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Nor was there a quid pro quo involving a key water quality permit for the […]
Governor’s office agrees to allow employees to publicly answer lawmakers’ questions about Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Employees from Gov. Roy Cooper’s office soon could publicly testify before lawmakers about details of a voluntary $57.8 million mitigation fund involving the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The employees could appear before a subcommittee as early as the week of Nov. 4. If built, the ACP would started at a fracked natural gas operation in […]