An energy company could have an easier time moving ahead with a proposed gas pipeline in South Carolina than in Georgia, The State newspaper of Columbia reports.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has denied energy company Kinder Morgan permission to condemn private land to make way for the Palmetto Pipeline. Company officials have said they’ll appeal the decision.
But unlike Georgia, South Carolina doesn’t require private companies to prove that a project is a public need in order to use eminent domain.
State lawmakers have asked South Carolina’s attorney general to weigh in on what rights the company has. Some are also working on draft legislation that would require approval of both environmental and transportation agencies for pipeline projects.