NC DEQ Delays Decision on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

NC DEQ Delays Decision on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

In a coup for environmentalists, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality delayed a decision on whether to issue a permit for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a multibillion dollar, six hundred-mile project that would carry fracked gas through Virginia, West Virginia, and eastern North Carolina.

DEQ faced a September 18 deadline to deny or permit the water quality certification needed to construct the pipeline. The requirement comes from the federal Clean Water Act, which stipulates that states must certify that proposed pipeline projects won’t violate water quality standards before being built.…

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