Haw River Assembly is holding  community meetings in the areas where Mountain Valley Pipeline Extension will go through – from Reidsville to Graham (see map below)

Our next meetings will be in Reidsville (May 14th) and Town of Haw River (May 17th). Download the flyer below and please spread this information to your community.

Reidsville Flyer

Town of Haw River flyer

We held the first meeting at Company Shops Market in Burlington on Wednesday, April 25th. Click here for our pipeline map flyer and for the factsheet we created.

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General Information

The Mountain Valley Pipeline project is a natural gas pipeline system that spans approximately 303 miles from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia. This project has been amended to include an additional 70 miles of pipeline from southern Virginia into central North Carolina. The addition, the MVP Southgate project, will run to to new delivery points in Rockingham and Alamance Counties, North Carolina. This pipeline will require approximately 50 feet of permanent easement, with up to 100 feet of temporary easement during construction.

MVP has secured permits from PSNC, owned by Scana, owned by Dominion for construction of the pipeline. Piedmont Natural Gas, owned by Duke, owns the gas that will be pumped through. Duke and Dominion will buy and sell to each other to show a consumer need, but there will also be no checks and balances to keep prices low, so they could charge highest rates for construction and ask for rate hikes afterwards to cover costs.

Effects on the Haw

MVP has not provided detailed maps of the proposed pipeline, but we know it will run adjacent to the Haw through Rockingham and Alamance counties. The pipeline must cross streams, if not the main stem of the Haw. Not only is the destruction of the land and forest a threat to our watershed, but the processes used in stream crossings leave streams devastated. The pipes themselves have a high potential of leaking. MVP has a legacy of abusing community members and landowners by providing minimal compensation for land, or using eminent domain to take the land if landowners refuse.

Duke’s Integrated Resource Plan includes details for 50/50 conversions of unused coal plants to natural gas plants. If this proposed addition is allowed, we can expect more pipelines to connect to converted natural gas plants. This poses a threat for Guilford County at Belews Creek station.

Timeline

Because the MVP Southgate proposal has not officially been submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), we have not seen detailed maps. Crossing the state line will trigger a Certificate of Public Convenience through FERC. Regulatory agencies have not seen any proposals and can not say with any certainty what permits will be required or if permits will trigger Environmental Impact Statements. Every permit and certificate provides an opportunity to publicly challenge this pipeline.

MVP Southgate aims to pre-file a FERC permit by May 2018. Construction would begin during the first quarter of 2020, and end the last quarter of 2020.