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Contested pipeline no longer coming to Alamance

The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) Southgate that had been planned to run from Pittsylvania County, Virginia and terminate near the Haw River in Alamance County has announced that the forthcoming natural gas pipeline will instead terminate in Rockingham County, based on federal regulatory filings the developers submitted Friday.

The pipeline developers include Pennsylvania-based Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and Equitrans Midstream Corporation (EQM).

The MVP Pipeline would be used to transport natural gas produced in the Utica and Marcellus shale regions in New York and Pennsylvania to existing commercial and residential Public Service North Carolina (PSNC) customers, as well as potential new ones, along the route, according to the developers.

However, the project has been redesigned, and the length of the pipeline has been cut in half, from approximately 75 miles long to 31 miles long, based on a letter an attorney for the developers sent Friday to the secretary of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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The redesigned pipeline will instead terminate in Rockingham County, according to a December 29 filing by EQM with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EQM owns a 47.2 percent interest in MVP Southgate, according to its latest SEC filing.

Originally, the pipeline’s southern leg was slated to begin near Danville, Virginia (in Pittsylvania County) and run south into Alamance County, terminating hear the intersection of N.C. Highway 54 and Cherry Lane in the Hawfields community, based on the developers’ original maps.

The MVP Southgate project had been approved by the FERC in 2018.

Alamance Community College was among numerous properties along the original path of the MVP Southgate pipeline that had been forced to enter into negotiations to sell easements to the developers in recent years – or face the prospect of condemnation proceedings.

Construction of the redesigned pipeline is estimated to cost $370 million, “excluding allowance for funds used during construction and certain costs incurred for purposes of the original project,” according to the SEC filing. The project is currently targeted for completion by June 2028, according to the developers’ December 29 SEC filing and letter to the FERC.
A spokesman for the developers, Shawn Day, told The Alamance News Wednesday,

“Mountain Valley remains committed to the MVP Southgate project and helping meet public demand for affordable, reliable natural gas. At the appropriate time, the MVP Southgate team intends to pursue all necessary permits and authorizations to complete construction of this important energy infrastructure project.”

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