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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Cancelled
Statements of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League staff and chapter members who lived in the path of the project

Jul. 05, 2020: Duke and Dominion's press release: Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) and Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today announced the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline ("ACP") due to ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty which threaten the economic viability of the project.

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Therese Vick, BREDL's community organizer and campaign director, Raleigh, NC: "As our founder Janet Marsh said: 'We just have to last one day longer than they do!'"

Kathie Mosley, BREDL VP and Concern for the New Generation, Union Hill, VA: "Dominion chose to ignore the Union Hill community, but we stood up never stopped fighting. They tried to divide our community, but we never ever gave in. It feels good today to know we slayed the giant."

Pastor Cary Rodgers, past BREDL community organizer ACP pipeline campaign, Peachland, NC: "It appeared to be an impossibility, but the giant went down. It's an amazing victory for us and a defeat for them. Congratulations, it's like winning the Superbowl!"

John Laury, Concern for the New Generation, Union Hill, VA: "I am so elated it's hard to put into words. I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt we knew we were fighting a giant, a giant that had many more resources than we could ever obtain. We also knew that we serve an unlimited God, a just and righteous God. We knew this project, itself, was destructive to our natural environment. We thank God God be the glory."

Frank McManus, BREDL chapter Protect Our Water! Nelson County, VA: "I have been part of many victories in my life, but none could be more satisfying than the news that the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been cancelled. To be a small part of such a 'David defeats Goliath' moment is something that makes the heart swell, for reward is not awarded to a single champion but to everyone, for WE all share in this victory... For so many came together to form one voice, to push back against corporate America, saying 'Not this time'; it feels really good."

Valerie Williams, Concerned Stewards of Halifax County, Whitakers, NC: "It's been a long and winding road to this victory, but when you have a determined people-with legacy, memory and heritage-we must be committed to never give up. I want to thank all those involved in the project, and especially reinforce how important it is to all landowners that private property is still private property! And now we can breathe fresh air and drink clear water."

Sharon Ponton, BREDL Stop the Pipelines Campaign Coordinator, Lovingston, VA: "Today, Dominion and Duke Energy pulled the plug on the Atlantic coast pipeline. To the thousands of landowners and activists who have worked for the last six years to see this day come, the joy is immeasurable. But our work is not complete. Our goal must be to help landowners remove the easements from their properties and to see that Dominion replants every acre of trees that have been felled."

Lou Zeller, BREDL executive director, Glendale Springs, NC: "For six years we have worked in communities which lie in the paths of proposed natural gas pipelines. Our staff of community organizers have traveled thousands of miles, held hundreds of meetings to meet with residents and landowners who stood to lose the farms, homes and livelihoods they had worked so hard to build. Behind it all the menace of climate change added global significance to what was at stake. BREDL founder Janet Marsh said, 'One person speaking alone may not be heard, but many people speaking with one voice cannot be ignored.' Today, thanks to all of you, we were heard."