- Associated Press - Sunday, February 15, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - The Board of Health in West Virginia’s Monroe County is taking a stand against the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would run from northwestern West Virginia to southwest Virginia.

In an open letter, the county’s health officer says the proposed natural gas pipeline poses a “significant and substantial risk” to residents. Dr. J. Travis Hansbarger notes that the pipeline would pass close to a public school and a long-term care center.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph (https://bit.ly/1L0Baq ) reports that the letter cites as a primary concern the potential for groundwater contamination during the pipeline’s construction.

The pipeline is a joint venture of EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy. It would transport natural gas at high pressure through a buried, 42-inch-diameter steel pipe.

It still needs regulatory approval.


Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, https://www.bdtonline.com

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