"If the pipeline will be here, we can still farm on top of it. I like that aspect of it. I think that's getting a little bit more bang for your buck. I support it because I think we need a clean source of energy, and I think a pipeline to me is safer than trucks on the road. A pipeline is safer than ships in a harbor. To me, it makes a little more sense."
– Gene Bennett, Farmer, Rich Square, N.C.
The people and communities who live along the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are our neighbors and fellow community members.
We have a deep respect for all landowners, and we value the important contribution each of them makes to building our nation’s infrastructure. We understand how important and valuable their land is to their families and communities, which is why we will strive to build and operate the pipeline in a way that preserves their land and minimizes the impact to their daily lives.
Karen and Larry, owners of Thunder Eagle Wildlife Preserve, wanted to ensure that the pipeline wouldn't adversely affect their animals. Click the video above to hear their story.
When JB learned that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was planned to cross his property, he was apprehensive, so he discussed his concerns with his land agent. Click the video above to hear his story.
We believe it is important to treat all landowners and their property with fairness and respect. We strive to build positive, long-lasting relationships based on trust.
Over the last three years, we’ve met individually with thousands of landowners to better understand their concerns and address them as we develop the project. Spending time in their homes and on their properties, we’ve learned a great deal about what is most important to landowners. Based on the valuable feedback they’ve shared with us, we’ve made hundreds of route adjustments to avoid environmentally sensitive areas and many other important features of their land.
Every landowner is fairly compensated for the use of their land. Compensation is based on fair market value and is often the result of mutual negotiation, in which we work very hard to come up with an agreement that satisfied both sides.
When construction is complete, we will restore the land as close as possible to its original condition. For the most part, landowners will continue using the land as they always have. Landowners can continue growing crops and pasturing livestock, maintaining gardens and lawns, and even using driveways and access roads across the right of way. In fact, most of the right of way will be covered by pasture, croplands and woodland meadows, which blend into the surrounding landscape. Even though most Americans live, work and travel alongside pipelines every day, they go virtually unnoticed because they’re underground, safe and co-exist with the natural environment.
Learn more about the complaint resolution process here.
The pollinator program is voluntary and will only be implemented with the approval and input of participating landowners. All landowners who wish to participate should contact their land agent. If your property is suitable for the program, you may participate by signing a short and simple addendum to your easement agreement. Learn more about the pollinator program.