Pipeline opponent refutes ACP campaign

Published 10:25 am Wednesday, May 4, 2016

To the Editor:

I’m sure that many readers have heard about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) taking private property in your area. ACP has a public relations campaign aimed at convincing the public that the pipeline will benefit us. It won’t.

ACP lists the following reasons for building the pipeline, and I expose their claims:

ACP — Our region has urgent energy needs. We don’t. Both North Carolina and Virginia have reduced energy consumption over the last decade.

ACP — Natural gas is a clean burning energy source. It isn’t. Due to gas leaks all along the route, natural gas is as polluting as coal from ground to combustion.

ACP — Pipelines safely transport natural gas. They don’t. Over the past 5 years there has been one gas pipeline incident per week in our country resulting in death, hospitalization, or severe property damage. The incineration zone for this pipeline is 2,200 feet. The evacuation zone is 1.4 miles. Search Appomattox gas pipeline explosion to see hell on earth.

ACP — Renewables require back up power. They don’t. Renewable sources can provide constant power, and once they are in place, the energy they produce is clean, free and inexhaustible.

ACP — Abundant natural gas leads to savings. It doesn’t. Rate payers will pay for the pipeline, and their electricity bills are likely to increase.

ACP — Natural gas can secure our energy future. It won’t. Burning natural gas will continue to increase CO2 and methane levels in our already polluted atmosphere.

Don’t believe these lies. You can stop the ACP from taking our land and putting us in danger by advising the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that you oppose this pipeline. You can do this online at FERC’s website, or by writing a letter to:

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

888 First Street, NE

Washington, D.C. 20426

In both cases refer to Docket Number CP 15-554

You can also contact your elected representative.

Oh, by the way, ACP calls the pipeline path a greenway. It’s not. It’s a path of destruction.

William Limpert
Warm Springs