The people and organizations that own land along the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are our neighbors and fellow community members.
As such, we have a deep respect for all public and private landowners along the route. We understand how important and valuable their land is and we strive to minimize impacts related to pipeline construction, operation and maintenance.
Meet some of the landowners we have worked with in determining the ACP route:
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.
Barry felt certain that his worries about the ACP's effect on his land would fall on deaf ears, but he attended an open house to meet with the ACP project team. Click the video above to hear his story.
We fully support and adhere to the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) commitment to landowners and continually seek to:
- Develop positive, long lasting relationships built on mutual respect and trust.
- Provide accurate and timely information about projects and related processes.
- Listen and strive to understand in an honest, fair and reasonable fashion.
- Respect the regulatory compact and communicate an understanding of requirements.
- Respond to concerns in a timely manner.
- Promote stakeholder awareness through ongoing outreach.
- Ensure our employees and representatives act in accordance with our commitments.
- Train our representatives to interact positively and productively with all stakeholders.
To that end, the ACP project team has made hundreds of adjustments to the route based on feedback from landowners and stakeholders. The team considered more than 6,000 miles of potential route before determining the current 600-mile proposed route. To see the proposed route, please click here.
Natural gas pipelines are a normal part of everyday life for most Americans, just like many other kinds of transportation and utility infrastructure. Even though most Americans live, work and travel alongside underground pipelines every day, they go virtually unnoticed.
The pipeline will be buried, typically three to five feet below the surface.
The area needed to build the pipeline, or the construction corridor, will vary depending on the size of the pipe being installed and the surrounding terrain. For the 42-inch diameter pipe proposed in West Virginia and Virginia, the construction corridor will measure approximately 125 feet wide in most areas. For the 36-inch diameter pipe proposed in North Carolina, the construction corridor will measure about 75 feet wide. Construction near agricultural lands, wetlands, some Forest Service lands and other specialized areas may require other variations.
Following construction, a permanent right of way will be established to operate and maintain the pipeline. The width of the permanent right of way also varies depending on the size of the pipe installed and the surrounding land characteristics. In general, the permanent easement will be approximately 75 feet wide above the 42-inch diameter pipe in West Virginia and Virginia; and approximately 50 feet wide above the 36-inch diameter pipe in North Carolina and the 20-inch diameter laterals in Virginia.
When construction is complete, we will restore the land as close as possible to its original condition. For the most part, landowners will continue to use the land as they always have. The permanent right of way can be covered by pasture, croplands and woodland meadow. It will easily blend into the surrounding landscape.
Landowners will be fairly compensated for the use of their land to build and operate the pipeline. Compensation is based on fair market value determined by an independent appraiser, or the court in certain areas.