May 21, 2022

Jack Bilyeu, WBTW CBS News 13

Environmental group hosts public forum against Dominion Energy’s plan for natural gas pipeline in Florence County

PAMPLICO, S.C. (WBTW ) — An environmental group is calling on residents to take action against a proposed natural gas pipeline in Florence County.

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is afraid of serious consequences to residents, their property and the ecosystem. The nonprofit conducted a public forum Saturday at Hannah-Pamplico High School to discuss the project.

“Dominion Energy’s pipeline will cause air pollution, water contamination, because gas lines leak,” Kathy Andrews, director of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, said.

She said she thinks it would decrease property values and endanger the health of residents.

“This is already a compromised area,” Andrews said. “People have cancer, asthma, heart disease and respiratory problems. This will only aggravate those problems.”

She said the South Carolina Environmental Law Project has filed a lawsuit to prevent the project from moving forward. She urged residents to contact their representatives to speak out against the project.

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