- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has hundreds of concerns and comments on the prospect of a pipeline carrying natural gas through national forests in Virginia and West Virginia.

The comments by Forest Supervisor H. Thomas Speaks Jr. are addressed to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in response to filings by the builders of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The pipeline would transport fracked natural gas from West Virginia, through Virginia and into North Carolina.

Dominion Resources has been given the greenlight to survey portions of the George Washington National Forest and the Monongahela National Forest.

Among the concerns raised by the Forest Service is the proposed route of the 550-mile pipeline and why it cannot skirt national forest lands. It also seeks details on any stream crossings.

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