A South Carolina court will hear a challenge Monday to Dominion Energy’s plans to build a 16-inch natural gas pipeline along a 14.5-mile stretch of the Great Pee Dee River, also known as the Pamplico Pipeline.
A hearing is planned in Administrative Law Court in Columbia, where the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, representing the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, will challenge a water quality certification permit that would allow Dominion to proceed with the project.
The SCELP said in a news release that the pipeline will impact 32 wetland areas and cross six named tributaries of the Great Pee Dee River. Dominion Energy says the pipeline would serve the growing need for natural gas in Florence, Marion and Horry counties.
Some Florence County landowners opposed to the project said in September that they have been left feeling helpless because of Dominion’s plans to use eminent domain to obtain roughly 20 properties for the pipeline, which is being built alongside another pipeline built in the 1960s.