MOREHEAD CITY — Local residents and anyone else with an interest in the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is invited to a presentation at 7 p.m. tonight at the Unitarian Coastal Fellowship at 1300 Evans St. in Morehead City.

The Croatan Group of the Sierra Club and N.C. Interfaith, power and Light are hosting a presentation, “Methane Pollution: A Growing Threat to Our Climate and Public Health.” This presentation is on the potential environmental impacts of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a proposed natural gas pipeline that, if built, would run northeast from Roberson County in North Carolina up to the N.C./Va. state line, then split, running further to the northeast in Virginia with one branch and running northwest into West Virginia with the other.

The Croatan Group and NCIPL gave similar presentations to this one in New Bern Oct. 6 and in Newport Oct. 18. Penny Hooper of both the Croatan Group and NCIPL, said Larry Baldwin, Crystal Coast Waterkeeper, won’t be able to take part in tonight’s presentation.

“I have heard his portion (of the presentation) on the contained animal feeding operations and their relationship to methane at the first two events,” Ms. Hooper said in an email to the News-Times, “so I can cover questions on that. Many folks are getting on this bandwagon in the green community.”

Ms. Hooper also included an announcement with her email that three walks will be held in Nash, Cumberland and Robeson Counties on Saturday, Nov. 19 to raise public awareness of the proposed pipeline. These walks – 9 miles in Nash County, 1 mile in Cumberland County and 2 miles in Robeson County – will end with gatherings and presentations on the potential impacts of the pipeline and of moving North Carolina’s economy “toward a more profitable present and future based on clean, renewable energy.”

Contact Mike Shutak at 252-726-7081 ext. 206, email; or follow on Twitter at @mikesccnt

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Bring in more natural gas. It is cheap and if the pipeline fails, it does not pollute the ground like oil or gasoline.

Better yet, build wind turbines. It will bring in jobs and we can export electricity.

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