- Associated Press - Thursday, November 13, 2014

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - Montgomery County’s Board of Supervisors is opposing the proposed route of a natural gas pipeline through the county.

Media outlets report that the board voted 5-1 on Wednesday night to approve a resolution opposing the route envisioned by Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC.

Board members plan to submit the resolution to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which must approve the pipeline before it could be built.

The board’s concerns include the pipeline’s impact on property values and the county’s scenic, recreational and sensitive environmental areas; contamination of groundwater, surface water and wells; and threats to public safety.

Supervisor Gary Creed, who opposed the resolution, said language added to the resolution by Supervisor Chris Tuck lessened its weight. He said the amended resolution indicated that the board might withdraw its opposition if the pipeline route is routed to less populated areas of the county to avoid residential subdivisions.



Tuck and Supervisors Annette Perkins, Bill Brown and Todd King said the addition left open the door for negotiations with Mountain Valley that might yield benefits for the county.

The 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline is a joint venture between EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy Era Inc. It would run from Wetzel County, West Virginia, to another pipeline in Pittsylvania County, and would deliver natural gas to Virginia from the Marcellus and Utica shale deposits.

The 42-inch pipeline would run about 15 miles through Montgomery County,

If the FERC approves the project, EQT has said the pipeline is expected to be operational during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin have expressed support for the pipeline.

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