Pipeline plans draw ire in Nelson

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The Blue Ridge in Nelson County. Photo: Jack Looney The Blue Ridge in Nelson County. Photo: Jack Looney

A proposed pipeline that would move fracked natural gas from extraction fields in West Virginia to southeast Virginia and North Carolina is generating angry opposition in Nelson County, where residents whose lands may lie in its path are raising concerns about property damage and pollution.

The Dominion Southeast Reliability Project, a 450-mile-long pipeline extension, would sprout from an existing Harrison County, West Virginia natural gas pipe and run through Highland, Nelson, Buckingham, Dinwiddie, Brunswick, and Greenville counties in Virginia, leading to spurs that would reach Hampton Roads and Lawrenceville as well as the Raleigh and Fayetteville areas of North Carolina, according to Dominion. It would be the latest in an existing network of some 7,800 miles of Dominion pipeline in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York, and would transport natural gas extracted by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, from parts of the massive Marcellus and Utica shale formations.

According to a June 5 story in the Monterey-based newspaper The Recorder, Dominion initially told a state agency it would try to steer clear of public lands as it laid out a possible path for the pipeline, but a preliminary map has it crossing the Monongahela and George Washington national forests as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Meanwhile, property owners in Nelson are rallying against the proposal. About 150 residents turned out at a public meeting organized by the anti-pipeline group Friends of Nelson Monday night, the second opposition gathering this month, according to NBC29. They’re circulating a petition calling for a presentation on the project by Dominion.

  • http://Contact-ACCLive-editor.com WJOBrien

    The simple solution to these pipeline and rail transport issues of volatile hydrocarbons was solved up until the inappropriate imposition of the Jones Act, a piece of Federal legislation which started out as a simple law which stated that if a ship conducted commercial transport in US waters that ship had to be made in the USA. Now, owing to the murder of the American shipbuilding industry by not imposing the same sorts of tariffs on imports those exporting countries to us also impose on us, the safe transport of hydrocarbons along the coasts by tanker vessels and along the Intercoastal Waterway is an impossibility.
    If it were 1940, the rail transport of crude from here in the Bakken fields to East Coast refineries would only have gone as far as Duluth, MN, then that crude would have gone onto tankers or barges for transport along the St. Lawrence Seaway. The natural gas harvested in West Virginia in theory ought well to simply be compressed then moved to the nearest port for coastal transport by seagoing tanker.
    America once had an infrastructure of reliable and dependable water transport of commodities but now local communities exercise eminent domain on behalf of real estate developers so that condos on the waterfront replace commercial usage of that property. It is only now that offshore markets for US energy products have arisen that port authorities are fighting back.
    Burn some stick and weld up ships and watch those pipelines go away.

  • RandomThoughts

    Just check the top political contributors to each representative in the districts this pipeline is scheduled to go through and you will quickly see the fix is in .

    Dominion is way ahead of the curve in setting up the end game .

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