Be Upfront On Pipeline Project

To the editor:

On Feb. 19, I was present at the Cumberland County Commissioners meeting. On the meeting’s agenda was uncontested rezoning cases and one of those cases was for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s storage yard. When this vote came up, the ACP project itself was not mentioned, just the case number.

Why is it so hard for the ACP to be open about this project with families and landowners that it effects? Even according to a news article about a zoning change in The Fayetteville Observer dated Feb. 20, it stated, “The record

s do not mention the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but the land matches a map on the N.C. Department of Environmental Qualities website related to the project.”

Throughout this whole project the ACP has been very slow in giving answers to so many questions. Even with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s questions, why is it so hard for the ACP to be more forthcoming with information to the families and landowners that will be affected by this project.

If facts are hidden now, what can one expect after it is in the ground. Who will make sure our families and homes are safe? Not the ACP! Why would one think that the ACP cares about us after the fact if they can’t be more forthcoming with the facts now? When the ACP tries to hide something as small as rezoning property, that should send up red flags to all of us who live in the blast zone!

Tom Clark Wade

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