In the small North Carolina town of Stoneville, the local government has passed a resolution expressing their opposition to a proposed extension of a natural gas pipeline—becoming the second local government to do so. A detailed article on their opposition appears here.
The Proposed Project
MVP Southgate—an extension of the Mountain Valley Pipeline—intends to add some 72 miles of additional pipeline to a project scheduled to run through both Alamance and Rockingham counties. Opponents fear it will impact dozens of tributaries feeding both the Dan and Haw Rivers. The pipeline is scheduled to run 15 miles east of Stoneville.
While the town has no formal authority over the project, many citizens argue Stoneville should help start a wave of opposition. Currently, no other municipality in Rockingham County has acted.
In Alamance County, however, the project has faced intense opposition. Landowners claim the pipeline company—Southgate—has misled and intimidated them. They argue the company used eminent domain to force easement sales. In response, commissioners in Alamance County passed a resolution to denounce the company’s project.
A Legal Blow to the Project
Just one day before the town of Stoneville voted, the Federal Court of Appeals vacated Southgate’s permit to cross West Virginia waterways. The move affects a 300-mile leg of the Mountain Valley Pipeline—and could possibly stop construction along the entire route.
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