SC natural gas pipeline approved by regulatory commission

Upstate Forever created this map to illustrate what the environmental group says is Dominion’s S.C. pipeline infrastructure and proposed extension through Spartanburg and Laurens counties (Provided).

(WSPA) – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved construction of a natural gas pipeline in the Upstate.

The Dominion Carolina pipeline will be about 55 miles long and run through Spartanburg, Laurens, Newberry, and Greenwood counties.

The energy company fought claims that the pipeline poses a danger to the environment.

Upstate Forever, an environmental and conservation group, says the pipeline will cross bodies of water 73 times and “rip through sensitive habitat” spanning six counties.

But Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission says the proposed 53-mile natural gas pipeline was federally studied and the results of that study showed otherwise.

“Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an environmental assessment and they indicated this project has no significant environmental impact,” said Dominion spokeswoman Kristen Beckham.

Dominion says the $120 million pipeline would help strengthen South Carolina’s economy.

You can view the full order approving the pipeline by clicking here.

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