By Tom ZillerPublished Feb 12, 2018 04:53:24It’s been a roller coaster of emotions for the people of South Carolina and, more specifically, for its natural gas industry.
As the South Carolina Gas & Electric (SCGE) announced the first of three pipeline expansions planned in the next few months, a number of stakeholders including residents and businesses, took to social media to voice their displeasure.
The pipeline expansion is expected to deliver more than 10,000 barrels per day of natural gas to the Charleston, SC area.
In the first six months of the year, the company delivered nearly 4,000, according to a report from South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC).
With the completion of the pipeline expansion, the project will increase the number of pipelines in South Carolina to 14, according the state’s Pipeline Review Board.
“I am very disappointed in the state of South Charleston, and I know it’s a great city, but I just don’t know how we can continue to live here,” said Ben DeCaro, a resident of Charleston, to the South Carolinian Times newspaper.
DeCaro has been critical of the South Charleston natural gas development, which he said has “put too many of us at risk.”
The SCGE announced in March that it was planning to build two more pipelines to carry natural gas from the Powder River Basin to the Powder Rivers Valley, which is adjacent to Charleston.
The new pipeline would be the longest in the United States.
The company said the expansion would increase the capacity of the existing pipeline system from approximately 1,400 to 3,400 barrels per minute.
But while the pipeline was completed, the community of South Carolinas began to worry about how the pipeline would impact the health of its residents.
South Carolina is one of only four states in the country that does not have an effective public health program to monitor exposure to air pollutants.
South Carolinas natural gas company, Southern Co., said in a statement that the pipeline will not impact air quality in the community, and it will be a “comprehensive and effective safety program.”
South Carolinians, including DeCaros, expressed concerns over the pipeline, saying that the expansion could lead to more pollution, particularly in low-lying areas.
Residents also have expressed concerns about the impact on the natural gas fields, as the pipeline passes through farmland and water resources.
DeCaroes concerns were echoed by residents of other South Carolina cities.
In Charleston, residents who live along the pipeline route said they had received emails from residents about health risks from the pipeline.
One woman who lives in the neighborhood of the proposed pipeline site said that the area was littered with dead fish.
Another resident told the Charleston Post and Courier that they had to go to the local landfill to collect garbage from their home after they noticed that the neighborhood was littered.
DeLauris said that while the project is a “good start,” it’s not the only project that is taking place in the region.
He added that there are other pipelines in the pipeline corridor that are “totally not connected.”
DeLoris said he is “not sure how this is going to be a good investment in the long run,” saying that he doesn’t know if the project’s impact on nearby homes will be “overwhelming.”
DeCaros response to DeLoris’ comments came shortly after the state released its first annual report, which detailed the state�s overall health of residents.
It said that residents living in the area of the planned pipeline expansion had a higher prevalence of asthma, high blood pressure, and obesity than the average American.
According to the report, South Carolina ranks 29th in the nation for obesity, with an estimated 16.3 percent of the population obese.
DeLorais said he believes that the health concerns of residents in the proposed expansion will not be “the main issue” that will affect his community�s health.
DeRoche, the former mayor of Charleston who has been a vocal critic of the project, told the South Coast News that the South Carolina natural gas project is “unnecessary” and that it�s “not something I�m going to do.”
“This is a really bad idea, and unfortunately, South Carolinias economy is already struggling,” DeRoche said.
The proposed pipeline expansion will also impact a number other natural gas infrastructure projects in South Carolinia.
South Caroina Power & Light has said that it will invest $200 million in new transmission lines to help alleviate the need for additional transmission lines, as well as the South C&L Transmission Project, which will upgrade and replace the current transmission lines that run through the region’s electric power grid.
The new pipeline expansion has also drawn attention from South Carolinians concerned about their health, particularly when it comes to air quality.
The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit environmental group, published a report in February stating that South Carolina has the third highest rate of asthma in the U.S. and that