Environmental groups take legal action to support North Carolina denial of Southgate pipeline

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Three environmental organizations have filed a motion to defend the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s denial of a key water permit for a major fracked-gas pipeline

The Center for Biological Diversity, Appalachian Voices, and Sierra Club filed the motion Tuesday with the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In August, North Carolina denied a mandatory water permit for the 73-mile MVP Southgate pipeline, a proposed extension of the 300-mile unbuilt Mountain Valley Pipeline. The department based its permit denial on “avoidable environmental impacts to water quality and protected riparian buffers,” in part due to dim prospects for the successful completion of the mainline.

Mountain Valley, the project’s sponsor, filed a petition in the 4th Circuit to overturn the state’s decision.

“North Carolina environmental regulators looked carefully at the Southgate proposal and saw the dire implications for the water quality of our state that this wholly unnecessary project would bring. They made the right decision to reject the permit and avoid the risk, and we support that.”

Ridge Graham, Appalachian Voices’ North Carolina field coordinator

Mountain Valley originally planned for the Southgate pipeline to carry fracked gas from the southern end of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline near Chatham, Virginia to just east of Burlington in the Piedmont of North Carolina.

You can read the filed motion below:

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