NC DEQ Denies MVP Southgate PermitsNC Secretary calls project ‘unnecessary and risky’
WASHINGTON – The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality today denied a key water permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) Southgate project. The DEQ called the MVP Southgate an ‘unnecessary project that poses unnecessary risks to our environment’ and stated that North Carolina’s clean energy future is not dependent on adding more natural gas infrastructure.
Donna Chavis, senior fossil fuels campaigner at Friends of the Earth, issued the following statement in response:
The MVP Southgate and Atlantic Coast Pipeline campaigns have fought for years against dirty methane projects. The MVP Southgate project poses serious risks to our environment and will slow down North Carolina’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. We are elated that the Department of Environmental Quality has chosen to protect the state’s waterways and communities and ensure that North Carolina remains steadfast in its Clean Energy Plan.