The following is a statement by Dominion Energy spokesperson Aaron Ruby regarding the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s approval of the state water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline:
“Today the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approved the state water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, one of two remaining approvals needed to begin pre-construction activities in the state. After more than three years of comprehensive study, representing the most thorough environmental review of any infrastructure project in state history, the agency concluded that the project will preserve North Carolina’s water quality under stringent state standards.
This process resulted in more environmental protection and higher water quality standards than any other project of its kind. At every stage of the project, we’ve gone above and beyond regulatory requirements and adopted some of the most protective measures ever used by the industry. Additionally, state and federal inspectors will closely monitor construction to ensure we meet all regulatory standards.
We commend the DEQ staff for the years of hard work and careful study they’ve dedicated to reviewing the project. We also appreciate the thoughtful and constructive input provided by members of the public. This has been a rigorous and transparent process, and everyone’s voice has been heard.
Today’s approval brings North Carolina one step closer to a growing economy, thousands of new jobs and lower energy costs for consumers. With new infrastructure, the region will be able to attract manufacturers and other new industries, and the good-paying jobs they bring. It will also accelerate the transition from coal to cleaner-burning natural gas and support new investments in renewables, resulting in cleaner air and lower emissions in communities across the state.”
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