Local group hosts community meeting regarding pipeline impacts

pipelineThe Atlantic Coast Pipeline and how it will affect every person in the county is the focus of an upcoming community meeting in Verona.

The gathering, hosted by the Augusta County Alliance, will serve to update the community on where things stand with the pipeline application and how the 42-inch high-pressure natural gas transmission line could affect them. The meeting is on January 20, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona. Everyone is welcome.

The meeting will address:

  • What’s going on with Dominion’s application to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline?
  • How would it affect me, my family, and my property if it is approved?
  • The pipeline would cross my property. What are my rights?
  • What we can do to slow it down and stop it?

Among the evening’s speakers will be Augusta County Supervisor Tracy Pyles. “I hope we will get a big turn-out on January 20,” says Pastures District Supervisor Pyles. “If built, Augusta County residents will bear the burden of this project. Our citizens deserve to be informed about the impacts and to know what they can do about it.”

If approved by federal and state officials, Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline would be the largest project of its kind ever built in the county. With plans to clear a construction corridor up to 125 feet wide and leave a permanent 75-foot scar through Augusta, the project would negatively impact drinking water supplies, private and public lands, family farms, schools, businesses, and homes. Because the transmission line offers virtually no opportunity for local hook-up, the proposed pipeline would devalue property and compromise public safety without any temporary or permanent local benefits.

“Dominion’s pipeline poses one of the biggest threats to Augusta County’s communities, public health, and safety of my lifetime,” says ACA Co-chair Nancy Sorrells. “But it’s not a done deal. I truly believe that, if folks work together, we can beat this pipeline. Even if you are not in the direct path of the pipeline, this project will affect you and your family. I hope to see lots of friends and neighbors turn out on January 20 at the Government Center.”

In addition to Pyles and Sorrells, speakers will include Michael Godfrey who will describe first-hand experiences regarding the effects of pipelines on farms, and Larry and Diane Korte who will address the issue of pipeline safety.

Landowners directly in the pipeline path might also want to attend a meeting hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension the next day, January 21, at 1:30 p.m., also in the Augusta County Government Center. The law firm of Waldo & Lyle, which specializes in right-of-way easements and eminent domain, will present the informational session.

For more information, please visit www.augustacountyalliance.org.


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