Pipeline builder works to preserve culture, environment

Staff members from the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology, the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers participated in an archaeological site visit on April 25, 2019 along the proposed MVP Southgate project route in Rockingham County, North Carolina. The visit was designed to provide members of state…

Natural gas pipeline proposed to meet demand in NC

North Carolina’s population has skyrocketed by nearly 2 million people in the past 15 years and is expected to grow by another 2 million by 2035, according to the Office of State Budget and Management. The growth has been particularly strong in central North Carolina, where local gas distribution company PSNC Energy has added 100,000…

Hundreds participate in 2019 NC Envirothon

High and middle school students from across North Carolina converged on Cedar Rock Park in Alamance this spring for the state’s annual Envirothon competition. Millie Langley, an Envirothon coordinator and soil conservationist with the Guilford Soil & Water Conservation District, said the state event started in 1991 with just five teams. Over the years, the…

Recognizing teachers of the year in Rockingham

Rockingham County Education Foundation celebrated 10 years of dedication to increasing educational opportunities for county residents with a fundraiser bash that pulled in $46,000 in ticket sales and sponsorships this year. More than 120 people attended the April 12, 2019 event at the Wright Memorial Event Center in Eden, where guests gathered for dinner, silent…

FERC: MVP Southgate impacts would be ‘limited’

Construction and operation of the proposed MVP Southgate project would have limited impacts that could be reduced to less than significant levels, according to a Draft Environmental Impact Statement recently issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The 421-page report evaluates the project and its potential impacts based off of various sources, including scientific literature, regulatory…

FAQs on MVP Southgate

Opponents of the MVP Southgate project have been busy spreading misinformation about this important proposed infrastructure line. Here are some of the most common questions circulating about the project, along with the facts about what’s really going on. Question: Is the MVP Southgate project being built to export gas overseas? Fact: The MVP Southgate project…

MVP Southgate, NC DEQ working collaboratively

As part of the MVP Southgate’s regulatory review, the project team applied to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) for a state water quality certification permit. This application includes extensive details about the project’s proposed crossing of creeks, streams and rivers along the 48-mile route in North Carolina, as well as other…

Natural gas pipelines: More common than you think

With 2.5 million miles of natural gas pipelines operating in the U.S., it’s easy to forget how prevalent, safe and important pipelines are in our communities. In North Carolina, there are more than 35,000 miles of natural gas pipelines, including underground pipes that cross the Haw River, the Dan River and other streams, rivers and…

FERC: MVP Southgate ‘preferred’ option, can be built safely

Construction and operation of the MVP Southgate project would result in limited adverse impacts, and “no other alternative would meet the purpose of the project, be technically and economically feasible, and provide a significant environmental advantage,” according to a comprehensive analysis by staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The positive findings, published in the…

Protecting waterbodies a top priority

MVP Southgate team members responsible for the design, construction and operation of the proposed natural gas transmission pipeline have worked hard with federal and state agencies to minimize the project’s potential impacts on the environment. Those efforts were validated in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Final Environmental Impact Statement, which found the project could be…

Local COVID-19 relief services

Community groups, companies and charitable organizations are working together to provide relief to families and small businesses struggling to get by because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Pittsylvania County, Virginia, the Rotary Club of Chatham and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area are spearheading relief services. The Rotary Club teamed with Pittsylvania…

MVP Southgate receives FERC certificate

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the MVP Southgate project on Thursday, June 18, 2020, marking an important milestone in the project’s regulatory review. The certificate, which recognizes the clear public need for the proposed project, follows more than two years of planning, development, and review.…