North Carolina has made a step toward clean energy by denying the permit needed for further construction on a pipeline. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) has denied a key permit to the Mountain Valley Pipeline that would have extended the project by 75 miles.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline was expected to be extended from where it ends in Chatham, Virginia to Graham, North Carolina. The project had been earmarked to follow a route that would see it cross over 207 streams and three ponds. Among the water sources that would have been affected by the project are the Dan River, home to many endangered species, and the Creek Reservoir, which is the main source of drinking water for Burlington, North Carolina. NCDEQ issued a decision to stop the pipeline from being extended, casting doubts over the likelihood of the project ever being completed.
“Today’s announcement is further evidence that the era of fracked gas pipelines is over,” said Joan Walker, senior campaign representative for Sierra Club. “We applaud the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality for prioritizing North Carolina’s clean water over corporate polluters’ profits. Dirty, dangerous fracked gas pipelines like Mountain Valley threaten the health of our people, climate, and communities, and aren’t even necessary at a time when clean, renewable energy sources are affordable and abundant.”
When issuing the ruling, the NCDEQ noted that the risks involved in developing and running the project are not worth the trouble. Further, there have been doubts about whether the Mountain Valley project will ever be completed. Although the developers claim that 92% of the pipeline is complete, it has been established that only 50% of the project has been completed.
North Carolina has been making positive strides toward clean energy. Companies that pollute the environment with greenhouse gases are now being challenged to look at better, greener options. The decision to deny permits to such projects just shows the state’s commitment to a more sustainable future.
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