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Proposed gas pipeline worries Triangle residents

Posted June 5, 2014

— Area residents expressed concern Thursday about a proposal to extend a major natural gas pipeline through the Triangle.

Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas have teamed up on the pipeline and are seeking bids from companies to build and operate it for the two Charlotte-based utilities.

Duke and Piedmont said the growing demand for gas, both to supply customers and to power electric plants, necessitates a second pipeline to North Carolina. The first connects the state to the Gulf Coast, and they requested that the 20 bidders on the project provide them with geographic diversity in the source of the natural gas.

Houston-based Spectra Energy, which is competing to build the pipeline, has proposed a route from the shale gas hotbed in southwestern Pennsylvania through Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. In North Carolina, Spectra's pipeline would cross Warren, Franklin, Wake, Johnston, Harnett and Cumberland counties before terminating in Robeson County.

Many local officials don't know anything about the project, however.

"I have not been contacted, and this morning I talked with six other mayors in Wake County. They have not been contacted," Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams said.

But some Garner residents have. Spectra sent them letters providing background on the $4 billion project – it would carry enough gas to meet the annual needs of 4 million homes – and asking for permission to survey their land. Some live near major electric transmission lines.

Transmission lines also run near Marjorie Shahravar home outside Benson, and she said receiving letters from Spectra upset her.

"I'm not real comfortable with the process," Shahravar said, adding that she's more concerned about safety than about the impact of a pipeline across the wooded 10-acre property she and her husband have owned since 1991.

She said she shredded Spectra's latest letter.

"I shredded their permission slip," she said with a laugh. "I'm not going to willingly (participate)."

Bids for the Duke-Piedmont project are due next week, and the companies expect to select a contractor by the end of the year so the pipeline could be operational by 2018. Construction cannot begin, however, until the pipeline is authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Virginia-based Dominion Resources also is looking at building a gas pipeline from the Northeast through eastern North Carolina.


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  • Mods Hate Me Jun 10, 2014

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    Duke is involved because they own the easement that the gas line will be built though. As you can see at the following link, the Shahravar's gave CP&L the easement in 1991 for $1. And (e) permits a "conduit of any other company or person." http://erec.johnstonnc.com/recorder/eagleweb/downloads/0552.tif.pdf?id=DOCC34147.A0&parent=DOCC34147

  • Mods Hate Me Jun 10, 2014

    So I looked up the Shahravar's property on Johnston Co. GIS and just as I figured the property has a power easement going right though a tiny corner of their property. If you buy a property or grant a company an easement (for money) after buying it, you no longer control that property. How in the world can she be upset? TBH, she's lucky she even got a letter considering that Duke energy can do whatever they want in their easement. It actually makes more sense to use existing easement than it does to create new ones.

  • Betty Lanier Jun 6, 2014
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    Sometimes it is not about the money.

  • Ijaz Fahted Jun 6, 2014
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    Spectra is mentioned by name four times in the story.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 6, 2014

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    How is Duke involved???

  • Terry Watts Jun 6, 2014
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    Profit, Baby, Profit!

  • GiGi 2 Jun 6, 2014

    You couldn't use an extra $10,000 a year? That kind of figure is what gas companies pay to have a right-of-way to property owners. The amount is based on several things, such as the location of pipeline to structures, lengh of pipeline and various other things. I sure could use it...at times like this, I wish I wasn't southeast of the of the current map! Also, just because you don't use natural gas, doesn't mean that millions of others would not benefit from it. It's kind of like giving blood...it's about helping others.

  • archmaker Jun 6, 2014

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    you said "everything"
    I said "quite a few"

    these are not equal - basic math.

  • Larry Lynch Jun 6, 2014
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    the gas company will come in destroy your property where the pipeline is, and claim to put it all back together-- they don't. they are not in the lawn care or landscaping business, and they have a façade of caring about the property owner-- they don't. I could write volumes but all I will say is-- you better oppose them as hard as you can. contact local politican and voice EXTREME OPPOSITION TO THE NATURAL GAS COMPANY AND IT'S NUMEROUS AGENTS.

  • Larry Lynch Jun 6, 2014
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    it better worry you, us victims here in wayne county have had our rights abused trampled on and our concerns totally trashed by the gas company and all its subsideraries. and contact the nc public staff? surely you jest. they are useless.