South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

Challenging the Dominion Pipeline
Posted: April 5, 2017

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