Federal agency approves pipeline construction in Spartanburg area

February 9, 2017 by  

The construction of a natural gas pipeline, 55 miles in length, that will run through the Upstate recently received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

This means that a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity has been granted so that the construction and operation of the pipeline can proceed.

The certificate was filed by Dominion Energy in March 2017 and a decision was originally to be announced last month but was postponed. This, according to Tamara Young-Allen, a spokesperson for the Commission, was so that the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Army Corp of Engineers, and other agencies could complete additional studies.

The counties affected by this pipeline are Greenwood, Laurens, and Spartanburg, the county in which the city of Spartanburg is located. The project is expected to cost $50m and is part of the larger Charleston Project currently in progress by Dominion that will bring energy at a lower cost to its customers in the Lowcountry.

The project has received some opposition from Upstate Forever, but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has determined the project is necessary and beneficial for the state. The hiring of flyer printing companies to create flyers with more details about the project about its ramifications and advantages may help to inform those affected by it in Greenwood, Laurens, and Spartanburg counties.