Proposed MVP Southgate through Rockingham and Alamance counties

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This old oak on David Naylor’s land is threatened by the proposed MVP Southgate project. Thanks to Kim Hawks for the photo.

MVP Southgate has officially applied to FERC- Now what?

This means that they have officially applied to FERC and can start to work towards getting permits. However, not all of the surveying has been completed, and therefore, the Environmental Impact Statement cannot be completed. There are updated resources on their website to see what is being proposed.

However, NC DEQ sent a letter to the FERC docket, stating this project is unnecessary

“After examining filings made to both FERC and the NCUC and conducting our own research and outreach to better inform our understanding of this Southgate project, we remain unconvinced that the Southgate project is necessary. We question whether 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 the residents of our State.”

Additionally, Alamance County Planning Department submitted a letter reminding FERC of the resolution to oppose the project, along with several water quality concerns. In a meeting with DEQ leadership, we learned that Alamance County would be responsible for issuing a stormwater permit for the project. The signed resolution could possibly prevent that permit from being issued.


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The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is a 303 mile pipeline being constructed to carry fracked gas from West Virginia into Virginia.  MVP has announced that they are working to get approval for an extension of that pipeline that will take it an additional 70 miles from southern Virginia into central North Carolina. The addition, the MVP Southgate project, will cut through Rockingham and Alamance counties, ending at a point just south and east of Graham, below 1-85-40.

General Information

  • Pipeline extension from Mountain Valley Pipeline mainline in Pittsylvania County, VA.
  • 70 miles of pipeline through Rockingham and Alamance County mostly in the Haw River watershed
  • Size of pipeline is could be up to 24” in diameter.
  • Pipeline will require  100’ of easement during construction,and a 50′ permanent easement.
  • Route will run adjacent to the Haw in many areas, cutting across sensitive streams and tributaries.
  • Destination is east of Graham and south of I-40-85
  • “Fracked” shale gas running through pipelines is sourced from the Utica and Marcellus shale fracking operations in WVA and PA, and is owned by PSNC.
  • Pre-filing permit processes will begin in May 2018. MVP will then hold community open houses though the route corridor to “identify and resolve environmental issues.”
  • MVP aims to begin construction by 2020.

Pipeline poses threats to our environment and communities

         The extractive process of fracking is destructive to land, air, and water quality in many ways, but the transport of the fracked gas also poses threats to downstream communities. In the construction process of pipelines, easements must be cleared of all trees and plants, exposing the disturbed land to erosion and causing sedimentation in streams. In-stream sedimentation not only carries nutrients and chemicals into the water, but the sediments themselves drown sensitive wildlife habitats in nearby streams. The MVP Southgate proposed route must cross several streams and tributaries. In order to do this, ditch lines are often blasted through rock and streams to lay the pipe. Streams are then dammed up and rerouted during trench construction, or drills cut a route under the stream using hydraulic motors and jet nozzles. Both of these processes destroy stream habitat. Potential leaks in pipes pose ongoing threats to water quality for downstream users. Fracked  gas is also highly explosive. Recent explosions have caused serious injuries and destroyed homes. By allowing this pipeline into our communities, we are tying ourselves to decades of fossil fuel use, resulting in high methane emissions and heightening our effect on climate change.

Join in the Opposition to Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate

Haw River Assembly, Sierra Club and Good Stewards of Rockingham are organizing community meetings and have made presentation to elected officials in the areas where Mountain Valley Pipeline Extension will go through – from Reidsville to Graham (see map above). To date, we have held meetings and presentations in Burlington, Wentworth, Swepsonville, Town of Haw River, Reidsville, Graham, Green Level and with the Alamance County Commissioners.

Are you a landowner who has been contacted by Mountain Valley Pipeline or Doyle Land Surveying?

Know your rights. You have the right to say NO. Your ability to refuse to negotiate and require the energy companies to use eminent domain is one of the most powerful statements you can make to protect your land. It gives you the most influence afforded to you by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The pipeline company does NOT have the right of eminent domain until they have been issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from FERC. Surveyors do not have the right to be on your private property without your permission.

Click here for more information about what your rights are as a property owner.

More Details about MVP Southgate

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 maps show that it will run adjacent to the Haw through Rockingham and Alamance counties. The pipeline will cross many streams in the Haw River watershed, and alternative maps have shown crossing the Haw River twice. 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 and natural gas pipeline explosions are not uncommon in the United States. There have been 4 since June, including 1 fatality.  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 could mean a new pipeline through Guilford County to the  Belews Creek station.
More information, organizing materials, resources and updates can be found at this website:  “No Mountain Valley Pipeline”