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4th Circuit dismisses remaining two Mountain Valley Pipeline cases
The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed two long-standing legal challenges against the Mountain Valley Pipeline Friday, citing its lack of authority to hear the cases following the passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act earlier this year. The dismissals mean the project, which was temporarily halted by the latest legal challenges, can continue. “Here, […]
Sen. Graig Meyer on the MVP pipeline dispute and the need for a sustainable energy future
For several years now, fossil fuel interests have been attempting to construct a pipeline that would transport fracked natural gas from West Virginia, down through Virginia, and possibly into North Carolina. And as NC Newsline has reported in depth, the Mountain Valley Pipeline (and the proposed North Carolina extension known as MVP Southgate) raise a […]
U.S. Supreme Court lifts stays on Mountain Valley Pipeline
Work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline project will be allowed to continue after U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday lifted two stays, or pauses, imposed by a lower court in response to challenges from environmental groups. The lifting of the stays was issued while the Richmond, Virginia-based U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals […]
Gov. Cooper asks FERC to deny MVP Southgate request for more time to build its gas pipeline
Gov. Roy Cooper sent a letter to federal regulators today, asking that they deny MVP Southgate’s request for an extension of time to build its natural gas pipeline. In his letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — FERC — Cooper noted that MVP’s arguments that the gas is needed for heating are “misguided.” Cooper […]
Colonial Pipeline tank farm in Greensboro cited for discharging MTBE at 312% above permit limit
State regulators have cited Colonial Pipeline for discharging MTBE, a toxic gasoline additive, at levels 312% above its permit limit from the company’s tank farm in Greensboro. It is the third such violation in less than 18 months. The most recent exceedances occurred in February 2023 and were included in the EPA’s latest compilation of […]
Thanks to federal tax credits, it’s boom time in the Midwest for carbon dioxide pipelines
Thousands of miles of carbon dioxide pipelines planned in the Midwest have been spurred, in part, by a major expansion of federal tax credits in Democrats’ 2022 climate law. That could lead to billions of dollars per year in federal tax credits benefiting the powerful Midwest ethanol industry, even as the proposals create intense conflicts […]
Mountain Valley Pipeline asks FERC for extension to finish Southgate project in NC
Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate project asks for extension
Colonial Pipeline contamination spreading in Huntersville; MVP Southgate natural gas project on ice, and more
A plume of polluted groundwater is spreading in Mecklenburg County, where Colonial Pipeline is responsible for the largest gasoline spill in the U.S. since the early 1990s.
On Aug. 14, 2020, two teenage boys found gasoline bubbling from the ground at the Oehler Nature Preserve, in Huntersville. The company now estimates 2 million gallons leaked from a section of pipeline that had broken roughly a month before.
Colonial Pipeline now says it spilled 2 million gallons of gasoline in NC — 31 times greater than original estimates
This story has been updated with further response from Colonial. Colonial Pipeline has announced it spilled 2 million gallons of gasoline in Huntersville — 31 times greater than original estimates, and now the largest onshore accident in U.S. history. The spill happened nearly two years ago, on Aug. 14, 2020, in the Oehler Nature Preserve […]
Colonial Pipeline would pay $4.75 million in fines, according to proposed consent order with DEQ
Colonial Pipeline will pay a $4.75 million fine in connection with a massive gasoline spill in in 2020 in Huntersville, according to a proposed consent order between the company and the NC Department of Environmental Quality. The document was filed in Mecklenburg Superior Court, where a judge would have to approve the order. The hearing […]
PW special report: A program for Black doulas and Black mothers at UNC aims to improve maternal health and create a workforce pipeline
For Kayla Foxx, just knowing her doula, Shawna Howard, would be by her side during the delivery of her first child last month helped ease her anxiety about her pregnancy and labor.
Federal appeals court deals another setback to proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline
A federal appeals court has again rejected permits issued by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management allowing Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross three and a half miles and four streams in the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia and West Virginia. In its ruling issued Tuesday, the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of […]
Federal pipeline standards backed by top energy regulator after Colonial Pipeline hack
New federal powers are needed to prevent major energy disruptions like the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that left the East Coast short of gas at the pumps for days, the chairman of the federal commission overseeing energy and some U.S. House Democrats said Wednesday. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee discussed a proposal by […]
Colonial Pipeline buying more land near massive gasoline spill in Huntersville
Colonial Pipeline has bought yet more property in Huntersville, near the site of North Carolina’s largest gasoline spill in history — 25.8 acres for nearly $1.7 million, according to Mecklenburg County real estate records. This brings the total spent by the company on property buyouts near the spill site to roughly $2.5 million. The purchase, […]
DEQ takes legal action against Colonial Pipeline over Huntersville gasoline spill
The NC Department of Environmental Quality is taking Colonial Pipeline to court for allegedly “failing to meet their obligations” in its clean up of a 1.29-million gallon gasoline spill in Huntersville, the nation’s largest such accident since 1991. According to the complaint, filed in Mecklenburg County Superior Court, Colonial has failed to provide DEQ with […]
Will property owners who lost land to scuttled Atlantic Coast Pipeline get it back?
Advocates cry foul as future of thousands of easements in North Carolina and Virginia remains uncertain
Dominion Energy laid claim to 3,100 tracts of private land along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route, including hundreds in North Carolina, but the company is not immediately returning that acreage to property owners, even though the project has been cancelled.