Dominion Energy no longer plans to build a controversial natural gas pipeline along six miles of the American Tobacco Trail. North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Assistant Director of Communications Jamie Kritzer confirmed that the department “learned yesterday that Dominion Energy has rescinded the request to utilize NCDOT right of way along the American Tobacco Trail for a pipeline.”
A Dominion spokeswoman confirmed the deal was off and that a new proposal would be forthcoming in the next few weeks. Dominion previously said it had considered 20 alternatives to the ATT route, which it favored because the land was “pre-disturbed.”
The utility would have cleared at least 30 feet of trees and land for construction on one side of the trail. There would have been a 10-foot buffer between the trail and the pipeline, which would have been buried at a depth of 4 to 6 feet.
Dominion previously said the new pipeline is needed to provide natural gas service to existing and future customers due to the rapid development in the Triangle. It would also allow the utility to “downgrade or reduce pressure” of the 73 miles of existing high-pressure transmission pipelines in Orange, Chatham, Lee, and Wake counties.
According to documents from the Town of Cary obtained under the Public Records Act, that year NCDOT claimed it contacted the ATT’s “leaseholders” — Chatham, Wake and Durham counties — Durham officials said they were never notified and didn’t know about the project until late last month.