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North Carolina gives qualified no to Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Protesters at a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality public meeting to discuss water quality certifications for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, held at JMU on August 7
Protesters at a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality public meeting to discuss water quality certifications for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, held at JMU on August 7(WHSV)
Published: Oct. 9, 2017 at 5:17 PM EDT
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North Carolina has said "no" to an interstate pipeline to carry natural gas, marking the first decision of any state or federal agency on the project.

the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality issued a letter of disapproval last month to Duke Energy and three other energy companies.

The department found the pipeline plans to not meet the state's standards for erosion control, and has asked the companies to resubmit the application with additional information within 15 days or to contest the agency's rejection and request a hearing within 60 days.

Duke Energy said in a statement that it will submit the requested information.

Charlotte-based Duke applied for the project with Virginia-based Dominion Energy, Georgia-based Southern Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas. The 600-mile pipeline would start in West Virginia, go through Virginia and end in North Carolina.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will make its recommendations on approving the pipeline

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