Opposition to the MVP Southgate pipeline is growing

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And that includes NC DEQ, which is refreshing:

“At this time the department remains unconvinced that the project satisfies the criteria for the commission to deem it in the public interest, and whether it is essential to ensure future growth and prosperity for North Carolinians,” Sheila Holman, assistant secretary for the environment at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, wrote to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Without demonstrated demand, the pipeline would just give Dominion Energy, formerly PSNC, an exclusive excess capacity, the DEQ writes. The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate would be a 72-mile line connecting to the existing MVP in Pittsylvania County, Va., to carry Marcellus Shale gas to the distribution system south of Graham.

This project hasn't received a fraction of the statewide news coverage of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but here in Alamance County, it's stirred up a lot of controversy. The company has already sued 5 (if not more) landowners who refused to allow surveyors onto their property, and now the City of Burlington is rolling up its sleeves to fight due to the threat to a major drinking water reservoir:

Burlington also filed a motion with the FERC saying the pipeline would be a threat to a source of drinking water by crossing the Stoney Creek reservoir. The city submitted an alternative route to MVP, according to the letter, that would cross the narrow Stoney Creek, but did not get a response. The city asks to be made a “party with full rights to participate in all further proceedings.”

The Environmental Protection Agency makes similar arguments to the DEQ about the need for the pipeline and recommends looking at alternatives. While the state’s demand for natural gas has increased by 100 percent, the volume of gas available already exceeds North Carolina’s current consumption, according to the EPA’s filing with FERC.

Hopefully Trump and/or Wheeler won't notice that EPA opposition, or they will surely sweep in and fix it. Then again, this might explain why everybody wants to join the MVP hater's club:

Two existing pipelines, the Atlantic Coast and Transcontinental, perhaps not surprisingly, write that they could better satisfy the state’s needs than MVP.

Whatever the case, this thing needs to be stopped.

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