The Southgate Project, a proposed extension of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) into North Carolina, has received a favorable environmental review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The project, initiated in a filing with FERC in May 2018, would be a 75-mile natural gas transmission pipeline from Pittsylvania County, Virginia to Alamance County, North Carolina. It would include building a 29,000-horsepower compressor station in Pittsylvania County (by comparison, the Buckingham compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would have nearly twice the horsepower as the Southgate compressor station). The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Southgate, released February 14 by FERC staff, concludes that “approval of the Project would result in some adverse environmental impacts, but these impacts would be reduced to less-than significant levels through implementation of our recommendations and Mountain Valley’s proposed avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures.” For a copy of the 1,000+ page FEIS, click here.
Proposed MVP Extension Clears Environmental Review by FERC