July 19–GRAHAM — The Alamance County Board of Commissioners will host a discussion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline at its 9 a.m. meeting Monday, Aug. 6.
The controversial project is a natural gas pipeline that spans about 72 miles from southern Virginia into central North Carolina, where it will end near Graham.
It will be developed, built and owned by Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, and regulated by the FERC.
With a supply of natural gas from Marcellus and Utica shale production, the MVP mainline will carry natural gas to markets in the mid- and south-Atlantic regions. The MVP Southgate project will receive gas from the MVP mainline in Pittsylvania County, Va., and extend to delivery points in Rockingham and Alamance counties.
MVP Southgate would provide low-cost, reliable access to natural gas to PSNC Energy customers, according to the MVP website, but opponents, including the Haw River Assembly and Sierra Club, say it will be a health and environmental hazard and potential abuse of property rights.
At the board’s meeting Monday, July 16, Chair Amy Galey said the discussion would be on the agenda Aug. 6 after two public comments from Emily Sutton, the Haw River Keeper, and Sierra Club organizer Carolina Hansley.
Galey said there would be some rules for the discussion.
“That would be an opportunity for the company that promotes the pipeline to be here, and one representative from the groups that are opposed to the pipeline will be able to speak in the course of the regular meeting,” Galey said. “In the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting, three people opposed to the pipeline, three people in favor of the pipeline would have the opportunity to speak — that’s just a matter of common practice — and then we have one person from the company and one person representing those who object to the pipeline.”
Galey said there could be time limits on the presentations that would be announced beforehand.
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