Where There’s Smoke: Cooper’s Pipeline Timeline

RALEIGH – While Roy Cooper was delivering his State of the State address on Jones Street, a corruption scandal was still festering on Blount Street. The Cooper administration has benefited from a mostly uninterested and sympathetic press amid mounting evidence that the governor and his advisors held permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline hostage to a multi-million personal slush fund and coerced concessions from the pipeline’s backers to enrich solar interests and donors.

Cooper has dipped, dodged, and ducked allegations of pay-to-play wrongdoing, even going so far as to forbid his employees to cooperate with investigators and instructing cabinet secretaries to stand up joint legislative oversight committees.

The Carolina Journal has a comprehensive breakdown of Cooper’s pipeline timeline, from its origins to present day.

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A taste:

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Following through the timeline reveals a lot of smoke, and where there’s smoke…

Examine the whole timeline of Cooper’s pipeline scandal here.

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