A new natural gas pipeline proposed by Dominion energy has drawn the ire of a few Upstate environmental conservation groups.
The South Carolina Environmental Law Center (SCELP) and the Upstate Forever group claim that a Dominion Resources pipeline endangers several wetlands area and threatens over 70 bodies of water. However, an environmental study conducted by the Federal Energy Regulation Commission recognized several concerns but suggested that there was “no significant impact” on the environment.
SCELP believes that any study, “a finding of no significant impact,” as the [Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission] seems to suggest would be completely inappropriate” considering the size of the project.
The 55 mile pipeline would connect Spartanburg to Greenwood County, according to Dominion Resources spokeswoman Kristen Beckham. She said the new project is small in comparison to what is already in the state. “We already have 1,500 miles of natural gas pipeline in South Carolina and a little bit in Georgia.” said Beckham, “So this is 55 miles in comparison to 1,500.”
The environmental group believes that, in addition to their objections about the size of the project, Dominion has not provided enough information to explain the necessity of the project.
The estimated $120 million project would move 80,000 dekatherms of natural gas a day, which Dominion says could fuel 73,000 homes a day, according to Beckham. “So this will go to industrial customers it will go to heat people’s homes. It’ll help them cook their dinners.