Karen Brewer Maute commented on an article: Pipeline representatives met with Pittsylvania Supervisors last week...2 at a time which means it was not considered a public meeting.
Why trust an entity that would hide the fact they're "courting" local government?
Why would supervisors agree to meet in such a manner with a private entity that has the authority to take citizens' property through eminent domain?
ROCKY MOUNT — A multitude of concerned Franklin County residents grilled representatives of the Mountain Valley Pipeline on Tuesday evening after hearing...
Pipeline to file federal permitBy TIM DAVIS
Star-Tribune Editor | Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 9:41 am
EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy Inc., which announced plans earlier this year to build a natural gas pipeline through Pittsylvania County to Chatham, hope to pre-file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by the end of the month.
The proposed 330-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline would run from Wetzel County, W. Va., through southwest Virginia to Pittsylvania County and connect with Williams’ Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company’s compressor station in Chatham.
Landowners along the proposed pipeline route in Pittsylvania, Giles, Floyd, Franklin, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Roanoke counties received letters requesting permission for engineering and environmental surveys.
Natalie Cox, a spokesman with EQT in Pittsburgh, Pa., said the project includes 15 to 20 miles of pipeline and will affect about 120 landowners in Pittsylvania County.
Cox said the companies are seeking permission to walk properties and stake the pipeline route.
Coates Field Services in Beckley, W.Va., is doing the fieldwork. Cox said representatives carry Mountain Valley Pipeline identification.
Although EQT and NextEra conducted preliminary mapping and aerial surveys, the companies can’t determine a final route until they get a look at properties along the proposed pipeline.
Cox said the pipeline will use as many existing utility transmission corridors as possible and try to avoid environmentally sensitive areas.
Just recently, the companies moved the pipeline further north to avoid Floyd County and scenic issues crossing the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway.
The pipeline will be governed by the U.S. Natural Gas Act, which requires a certificate of convenience and necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before construction can begin.
According to Cox, FERC review and approval takes 10 to 12 months, and will involve a series of community information meetings, including one in Chatham before the end of the year.
She said company representatives have talked with county officials and are looking forward to starting a dialogue with landowners.
“We work very hard to develop a relationship with landowners,” Cox said. “We’re here to answer their questions. We have nothing to hide. We encourage a two-way dialogue.”
The pipeline, which would connect the Marcellus and Utica natural gas supplies to markets in the southeastern United States, is expected to deliver at least 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Construction of the 36-inch to 42-inch diameter steel pipeline is scheduled to begin in late 2016 and take two years.
The pipeline, which will buried at least three feet underground, will require approximately 75 feet of permanent easement and 125 feet of total easement, which includes temporary work space.
Scheduled to go into service in late 2018, it also will require four compressor stations similar to the ones Williams operates in Chatham.
Cox said property owners will be compensated on an individual basis for the use of their land.
She said the pipeline also will bring economic benefits and jobs, especially during construction.
For more information, visit mountainvalleypipeline.info or call 844-MVP-Talk.