A Just Transition in the Southeastern US
In 2020, we joined forces with a wide range of coalition partners in Virginia and North Carolina to fight the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines, with routes planned to cut through numerous predominantly Black and Native communities and expose families to dangerous pollution.
Thanks in part to our activists filling meetings and local opinion pages, helping draw national attention to this fight, the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals denied a compressor station its permit, finding that the state of Virginia inadequately considered environmental justice.
After more courtroom developments, we ultimately saw victory in July 2021, when Dominion Energy and Duke Energy canceled the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project altogether.
Proving the impact of community activism, their decision cited reasons directly related to the coalition’s opposition: the high costs and legal uncertainty that are now a fact of life in the permitting process.