Manning, Foushee, and 26 Other Democratic Members of Congress Oppose Mountain Valley Pipeline
U.S. Representatives Kathy Manning (D-NC6) and Valerie Foushee (D-NC4), joined by 26 other Democratic Members of Congress, have written to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to ask that it reject the Southgate gas pipeline.
FERC is presently reviewing the pipeline company’s request to renew its expired authorization (“Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity”) to build the pipeline, which would extend from the end of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia for an additional 74 miles into Alamance County. Manning and Foushee represent areas which would be adversely impacted by the pipeline’s construction.
“If built, this pipeline would lock homes and businesses in the Southeast into the long-term use of natural gas during a critical moment in which we must transition away from fossil fuels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change,” the lawmakers argue in their letter.
The letter from Manning, Foushee, and their Congressional colleagues follows an earlier similar letter from 50 Democratic members of the NC General Assembly, asking FERC to reject the pipeline. By contrast, NC Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and 26 other Republican members of the NC Senate have written to FERC asking that it approve the pipeline. NC Governor Roy Cooper opposes the Southgate pipeline.