This past weekend EcoRobeson held a prayer walk in Pembroke, NC. The purpose of this prayer walk was to bring awareness to the Pembroke and Prospect communities that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 36-42 inch highly pressurized, natural gas pipeline will end at the metering station in Prospect at the corner of Prospect Rd and Highway 710.
There are already 2 existing natural gas lines connected to the metering station in Prospect. If the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is installed as planned, an accident at this metering station could be fatal to those in the immediate vicinity as there are several homes within several hundred feet of the pipelines that house children and elders. An incident in Pennsylvania in 2016 that included 4 gas lines resulted in a huge fire, and damage to houses up to a half a mile away. To learn more about the incident in Pennsylvania, look here.
The walk in Pembroke was only one out of three walks happening that day in NC; the other two walks happened in Fayetteville and Rocky Mount. Folks who marched were from many different backgrounds, ages, beliefs etc. We were so happy to be escorted on our walk by the Pembroke police, as well as Redrum Motorcycle Club.
We would like to thank everyone who participated, and encourage all who would like to get involved or learn more information to email us at email@example.com and/or follow us on Facebook under “EcoRobeson.”
Please sign our petition on change.org against the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline that could be approved in September 2017. Sign our petition here.
The Atlantic Cost Pipeline will only benefit pipeline investors and big industry, not local residents. CHMURA, an economic consulting group commissioned by Dominion Resources, states in its report “The Economic Impact of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in WV, VA and NC” that this pipeline would only provide 18 permanent jobs in North Carolina.
The permanent construction jobs mentioned are actually highly specialized jobs for workers with experience in constructing industrial sized pipelines in other states.
While the pipeline companies, Dominion and Duke Energy, will be paying taxes to the eight counties along the pipeline route in Nother Carolina, increased cost to local governments for emergency management, lost property tax revenue could be higher. Every household that pays a Dominion or Duke Energy electric bill in North Carolina will experience rate hikes due to the building of the pipeline, while the pipeline companies are guaranteed up to a 14 percent profit. We the customers of these electric companies will be paying for this $5.1 billion pipeline while they make a big profit.
Loss of property value, higher insurance rates from having industrial infrastructure on their property, and the inability to sell or develop their property in the way they want would all be big effects on landowners.
Pipeline safety officials report that pipelines built since 2010 are as likely to fail as old pipelines built before the 1940’s due to companies building them too quickly to make a profit.
The image above is a comparison of the counties in NC which hold significant indigenous populations higher than the state average and the proposed pathway of the mega 36 inch natural gas pipeline, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will end in the town of Prospect in Robeson County.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, being planned by Duke Energy and Dominion Power, is a large highly pressurized natural gas pipeline that would pass through 8 eastern NC counties: Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Sampson, Cumberland and Robeson. It has the potential to impact hundreds of residents in or near the pipeline corridor, as well as the economics of local governments along the way.
The People’s Hearing is an opportunity for local folks to learn more about the pipeline and its potential impacts and speak out about their concerns. Residents in or near the pipeline corridor will be given first priority in making comments.
Duke Energy and Dominion Power electric customers will likely experience higher rates in order to pay for the pipeline. Power companies have been granted up to a 14% profit by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on pipeline project, and 69% of the natural gas will be used in their natural gas fired power plants. This 42 to 36 inch pipeline is designed to service large industries, not communities or small businesses.
Join our event page on Facebook, or email Ericka@cwfnc.org or call 919-401-9600 to learn more.