On July 5, 2020, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced the cancellation of the highly controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would have cut through Virginia and North Carolina carrying fracked gas from West Virginia. The companies cited continued delays and cost overruns due to several ongoing legal challenges and the expectation that additional legal challenges were on the horizon.
Waterkeepers Chesapeake statement:
“The cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a huge win for the residents of Virginia and a significant step in our region’s move away from fossil fuel dependence. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline was never a viable project. Dominion Energy and Duke Energy’s drive for profits threatened the health of frontline communities, endangered our waterways, and perpetuated climate change. Thanks to the 6-year fight against this pipeline by impacted communities, farmers, land owners, environmental attorneys, faith leaders, justice groups, and environmentalists, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will no longer be a threat and we can focus on clean energy solutions that protect public health, advance clean water and air, and combat climate change.”
In related pipeline news, a district court on Monday, July 6, ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline must shut down by August 5 for an in-depth environmental review of the controversial project.