N.C. regulators will allow Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas to make contracts between their utilities and commercial divisions for gas transportation on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
The unanimous vote by the N.C. Utilities Commission on Monday clears the way for Duke, Piedmont, Dominion Resources of Richmond, VA, and AGL Resources of Atlanta to make a preliminary filing next month for federal approval of the pipeline.
The 550-mile pipeline will run from eastern West Virginia, where it will access natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale fields, southeastward across Virginia and southward through North Carolina to Robeson County.Sierra Club press release: FERC allows construction of the North Carolina section of the fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
The Sierra Club then went into a tantrum / meltdown often associated with 3-year-olds.
On the other hand, straight news reporting from the WestVirginiaNews.
It's amazing: apparently the Sierra Club is worried about the project for these reasons:
- it's a pipeline and, by definition, all pipelines are dangerous
- the pipeline will carry a fossil fuel, and by definition, all fossil fuels are bad
- the pipeline will carry a fossil fuel obtained through ... OMG ... fracking ... something that has been done frequently and safely at least since 1940