Duncan on Cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

July 6, 2020
Press Release

Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement on Dominion Energy and Duke Energy’s decision to cancel the Atlantic Coast Pipeline:

“I’m extremely disappointed by the recent news that Dominion Energy and Duke Energy have decided to cancel the long-awaited Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. This natural gas pipeline would have strengthened American energy production and supplied safe, reliable, and affordable energy to consumers. It also would have generated over 17,000 jobs throughout the Southeast, further charging our economy. However, left-wing environmental extremists have been advocating for the cancellation of the project since the beginning. They challenged almost every single permit in an effort to delay construction and sought legal action whenever possible.

“I’ve long supported the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and even filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in support of its construction. I agree with Secretary Brouillette, the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a “lost opportunity.” This decision is a prime example of how environmental activism has crept into the court system to block energy infrastructure projects at a cost to consumers. Projects like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline seek to capitalize on the economic, environmental, and national security benefits of the American Energy Renaissance to bring safe and clean energy to consumers. Without the necessary energy infrastructure, Americans will be forced to import energy from countries that have a fraction of the environmental standards the United States has, undercutting the environmental and security gains of the American Energy Renaissance. We must continue fighting against the environmental extremists’ false narrative on American energy production and move forward with common-sense projects and policies that support an all-of-the-above energy approach, create American jobs, and reduce emissions.”