The Department of Environmental Quality recently approved the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to run through central North Carolina, which is projected to cost between $7 billion and $7.5 billion.
Ironically, the same agency that has approved this pipeline is opposed to the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension, which would cost $468 million.
This weird and blatant contradiction of approvals is rightfully turning heads. Environmental protection organizers speculate that Governor Cooper likely did not approve of the second pipeline due to the negative backlash to the approval of the first one.
Environmental protesters remained steadfast in their disapproval of the Atlantic Coast pipeline, and protested outside Governor Roy Cooper’s office. In all the craziness of our world, it’s uplifting that there are people constantly fighting for what they believe in and trying to make a positive impact in their community.
The morals of our elected officials, rather than public reaction, should guide policy making. But in this case, when the administration has overlooked morality, it’s good that the governor is listening to environmental concerns and did not approve of the second pipeline.