“Opposition surfaces to gas pipeline.” Robesonian [Lumberton, NC] September 9, 2014.
A proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline that would bring natural gas from West Virginia to Robeson County is meeting opposition from 22 conservation and environmental groups in Virginia and West Virginia.
The conservation and environmental groups that have joined in opposition to the line cite concerns about the effect of the pipeline on the environment. Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance members are fearful the path of the 550-mile energy project will trample on some of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the Eastern United States. Twenty-two miles of the pipeline, a $4.5 billion to $5 billion project by Virginia’s Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources, would be built in Robeson County, the ending point of the pipeline. The project is expected to encourage new job-creating industries in the area.
Governor Pat McCrory officially announced the project at COMtech business park, noting that access to natural gas and other sources of energy are vital in recruiting industries to North Carolina, as well as creating and maintaining jobs. With access to natural gas from the proposed pipeline, the state and local regions have an additional tool to use in their economic development recruitment efforts.