Southeast Energy News reports on September 15, 2017, that North Carolina has delayed by three months its decision on certification of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline under section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act. This follows West Virginia’s September 7 announcement that the state was vacating its water quality certification for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline. North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality had received 9,000+ written public comments, 85% of which urged rejection. On September 14, without fanfare or press release, the NC DEQ sent a four-page “request for additional information” to the ACP. The NC DEQ had a deadline of Monday September 18, 2017, for their decision on certification, a decision now delayed until mid-December 2017.
Time for Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality to heed the examples of North Carolina and West Virginia!