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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Atlantic Coast Pipeline builders say they will modify plans for crossing waterways based on state requests, while opponents held a recent people’s tribunal condemning the entire project.

The interstate pipeline will carry natural gas from West Virginia through Nash County and eight other North Carolina counties.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality asked builders to make modifications to the crossing method for a small number of water bodies in the state, said Tammie McGee, spokewoman for Duke Progress Energy, one of the utility companies building the pipeline.

“The DEQ’s review of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline may be the most thorough review of any infrastructure project in the state’s history,” McGee said. “We will make the modifications requested by the agency in short order so it can complete the approval process in a timely manner.”

Dominion Energy spokesman Aaron Ruby said the pipeline builders will make the modifications requested by the agency in short order so it can complete the approval process in a timely manner.

“We have every reason to believe the project remains on track, and we’re confident we'll receive final approval in time to begin construction by the end of the year,” Ruby said.

At about the same time North Carolina environmental officials asked for changes, a panel of human rights advocates and environmental experts hosted a people’s tribunal Saturday in Virginia to address concerns over environmental injustice and racism related to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Nearly 50 people spoke out about negative impacts of the pipeline at the meeting in Charlottesville.

The U.S. Department of Environmental Quality ruled the pipeline to be safe last week.

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