Building relationships with landowners and keeping them informed about the project is a top priority for the ACP Team. We've compiled some of our most frequently requested information for those that live along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route.
Why should the Atlantic Coast Pipeline be built?
Our region's public utilities need additional supplies of natural gas to meet the growing energy needs of the millions of consumers they serve in Virginia and North Carolina. Electric utilities are transitioning from coal to cleaner-burning natural gas to lower emissions and improve air quality. Utility providers in our region need additional supplies to generate cleaner electricity, heat homes for a growing population and supply energy for new industries like manufacturing.
Why is the pipeline going to cross my land?
The route for the ACP was developed after more than three years of extensive study and meaningful engagement with landowners and communities - all with the goal of finding the best route with the least possible impact on landowners and the environment. More than 6,000 miles of potential routes were carefully studied before choosing the best 600-mile route with the least impact. After consulting with landowners and performing extensive field surveys, more than 300 additional route adjustments were made to avoid environmentally sensitive areas and address individual landowner concerns.
What is eminent domain?
Over the last three years, the ACP team has worked very hard to reach mutual easement agreements with landowners along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Through mutual cooperation, we’ve reached agreements with more than 85 percent of landowners, and we’ve fairly compensated them for the use of their land. Having received FERC approval, we’re now working through the courts to secure the remaining easements necessary to begin construction. The use of eminent domain is an absolute last resort that we’re only taking after making every attempt to reach mutual agreements. Even in cases that are resolved in the courts, each landowner will be fairly compensated for the use of their land.
What will happen to the land that the pipeline crosses?
Once construction is complete, we will restore the land as close as possible to the way we found it. Just like the 300,000 miles of existing underground pipelines in communities across the country, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be virtually unnoticeable. The vast majority of the right of way will be covered by crop fields, pasture and woodland meadows, which will easily blend into the surrounding landscape. Landowners will continue using the right of way as they always have – to grow crops, pasture livestock, hunt and fish and much more. The pipeline will be completely buried underground, with at least three to five feet of ground cover, enough to accommodate most farm equipment and vehicles. The width of the right of way will vary depending on the location and diameter of the pipe. In West Virginia and Virginia, the permanent right of way will be 75-feet wide. In North Carolina, it will be 50-feet wide.
How do I get in touch with the ACP team?
Landowners should always reach out to their specific land agent directly. If you need help finding your land agent, please call: 888-895-8716 or email ACPipeline@dom.com.
To hear more from fellow Atlantic Coast Pipeline landowners, please visit: atlanticcoastpipeline.com/construction/landowners