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Challenging the Dominion Pipeline

Challenging the Dominion Pipeline

SCELP's Upstate office has been busy representing Upstate Forever in challenging a new gas pipeline through Laurens and Spartanburg counties. The proposed route would disrupt 181 residential properties as well as numerous timber, forest and agricultural lands with a permanent 50-foot right of way and would cross 73 water bodies. The new pipeline connects two stations that are already connected by an existing pipeline. Rather than utilizing the already disturbed right-of-way for this existing pipeline, the proposed pipeline would cut a brand new path through undisturbed natural resources and private property.

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On February 2, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, authorizing the private pipeline company to utilize eminent domain to acquire pipeline right-of-way. This certificate was issued the day before FERC lost a quorum of commissioners and without the necessary DHEC Section 401 water quality certification. SCELP has filed an appeal of the FERC decision on behalf of Upstate Forever. We seek to minimize the impact of this dubious project, especially for property owners who are having this project forced across their land.

Download available Pipeline Appeal

Posted: Apr 5, 2017 | Page link

New Skirmishes on Captain Sams Spit
Posted: Apr 5, 2017
Court of Appeals Upholds Agreement to Protect Wetlands in Pawleys Island
Posted: Mar 23, 2017
What Is Happening with the Pinewood Site?
Posted: Mar 1, 2017
Automatic Stay Attacks Threaten Your Due Process Rights
Posted: Mar 1, 2017
The Winter Newsletter Is Here!
Posted: Jan 20, 2017
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Upstate Office Opens!
Posted: Oct 6, 2016
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Posted: Mar 31, 2016
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Posted: Feb 18, 2016
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Posted: Feb 10, 2016
Lowcountry Giving Day a Win for the Wild Side!
Posted: Apr 28, 2015
Serious Consideration of Impacts Needed in Applications for Seismic Testing in SC
Posted: Mar 4, 2015
SCELP Director to Take Home the Silver
Posted: Feb 19, 2015
Black Bear Habitat Threatened
Posted: Jan 27, 2015
Pappa's Island is Preserved!
Posted: Dec 17, 2014
Oakridge Landfill Threatens Four Holes Swamp
Posted: Dec 17, 2014
Landmark Ruling Protects Captains Sams Spit
Posted: Dec 17, 2014
Double Your Donation with Donnelley!
Posted: Sep 3, 2014
SCELP Staunches Flow of Radioactive Waste into Groundwater
Posted: Jul 31, 2014
Opponents win round over developing Kiawah Island's Capt. Sams Spit but impact debated
Posted: Jun 18, 2014
SCELP continues to work to defend the integrity of SC's Beachfront Management Act
Posted: May 23, 2014
SCELP Board Members Frances Close & Paula Feldman spoke, among others, at a press conference in opposition to the bill destroying SC's beachfront management protections
Posted: May 23, 2014
SCELP's Amy Armstrong sworn in as municipal judge
Posted: May 23, 2014
Second Annual Midlands Celebration
Posted: May 5, 2014
SCELP filed an appeal of judge's ruling over Charleston cruise terminal on behalf of community groups
Posted: Apr 23, 2014
Mingo Point, Kiawah Island kayak and boat excursion
Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Victory in Laurens County
Posted: Apr 7, 2014
SCELP is working to defend the integrity of SC's Beachfront Management Act
Posted: Apr 2, 2014
SCELP Secures Settlement to Protect Angel Oak
Posted: Jan 31, 2014
SCELP Lawyers Complete Trial in Kiawah Land Dispute
Posted: Jan 31, 2014
Supreme Court Agrees to Hearing EAGLE Landfill Case
Posted: Jul 1, 2013
Pawleys Island Groin Fight Heats Up
Posted: Jul 1, 2013
Supreme Court Rehears Captain Sams Case a Third Time
Posted: Mar 28, 2013
Dr. Angela Halfacre to Speak About Her Book, "A Delicate Balance: Constructing a Conservation Culture of the S.C. Lowcountry"
Posted: Jul 5, 2012
The State Newspaper covers the last day of our Angel Oak trial
Posted: Apr 6, 2012
Famed Angel Oak threatened, judge told
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
Marlboro in fierce fight against landfill
Posted: Apr 1, 2012
Walter Edgar's Journal - SCETV - Interview with Amy Armstrong
Posted: Jan 25, 2012