- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Federal regulators have denied a request to give the public more time to comment on a proposed natural gas pipeline.

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith and other officials had asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend the formal scoping period and hold additional public meetings for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

The Roanoke Times (https://bit.ly/1eFBosd ) reports that FERC chairman Norman Bay sent letters to Goodlatte and Griffith on June 18 informing them that the scoping period had ended.

Bay’s letter says there will be more opportunities for public comment once a draft environmental impact statement is released following the company’s formal application with the commission.

The 300-mile pipeline would transport gas from Wetzel County, West Virginia, to another pipeline in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, https://www.roanoke.com

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