NC Denies MVP Southgate Water Permit

In a setback for the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has denied a key water quality permit for the proposed pipeline. The 72-mile extension of the Mountain Valley Pipeline would run through Virginia’s Pittsylvania County, and then through Rockingham and Alamance Counties in North Carolina. The permit is required under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act and would allow the pipeline company to temporarily or permanently impact multiple streams, wetlands and more than eight acres of protected riparian buffers in the Haw River watershed. Submitted in November 2018, the permit application is incomplete without information from FERC’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which is not expected until July.

For more information, see the press release from Appalachian Voices. For press coverage, see the Burlington NC Times-News article.