Buppert: Experts find pipelines aren’t needed

Below is an excerpt from Senior Attorney Greg Buppert's op-ed in The Roanoke Times Sunday. The piece highlights a new report from Synapse Energy Economics showing that current natural gas infrastructure can meet regional demand at least through 2030. This finding raises important question about the need for two proposed natural gas pipelines that would cross through western Virginia on their way from West Virginia to the Carolinas.

Read the full op-ed here.

"Proponents declare these projects are needed to keep the lights on and homes heated. Many regulators appear to be taking the utilities at their word.

"They shouldn’t.

"In 2015, the Department of Energy reported that using existing pipelines in our region could reduce the need for new ones. Now new evidence suggests the highly controversial Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines are, in fact, not needed.

"A recent report from Synapse Energy Economics revealed that, with upgrades and modification, the existing system of underground pipelines and other gas infrastructure could supply our region’s natural gas needs at least through 2030.

"...We need a meaningful dialog about these pipeline proposals centered not so much on where they should go, but whether they should go anywhere at all."

More News

Chemours’ Plan Doesn’t Comply with State Law

Chemours’ cleanup plan does not even attempt to comply with state law or the consent order it agreed to, and would leave highly contaminated grou...

SELC Op-Ed: Chemours Cleanup Plan Falls Short

The plan proposed to cleanup years of contamination from a factory in eastern North Carolina does not go far enough. In the excerpt below Senior...

Virginia General Assembly Boosts Clean Transportation

The 2020 General Assembly session was a watershed for efforts to transform Virginia’s transportation system. The marquee bill was a complex propo...

EPA Significantly Relaxes Rules for Polluters Amid Public Health Crisis

At a time when public health is threatened, the Trump administration is leaving Americans at the mercy of the good will of polluting companies....

Proposed Virginia Power Plant Attempts to Skirt Environmental Justice Concerns

Chickahominy Power, LLC, the developer behind the proposed Chickahominy Power Station, has requested a special exception groundwater withdrawal p...

Administration Pushes Ahead With Rollback Weakening Protections for Migratory Birds

In a move largely beneficial to the oil and gas industry and electric utilities, the Trump administration is proposing to cement through rulemaki...

More Stories