Community meeting for pipeline scheduled

ELKINS — The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is an approximately 600-mile long, high-pressure, natural gas pipeline proposed to cut through Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph and Pocahontas counties to transport West Virginia gas to out-of-state markets.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency tasked with approving or denying the project, has published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The public is invited to comment on it through April 6.

Many landowners and residents along the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline are concerned about the impacts to their water, safety and property values. To address these concerns, community groups are hosting a public information meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 23, in the Performing Arts Center at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The meeting, hosted by community groups, will provide information on the impacts the proposed project may have on the local residents and educate citizens on how to make effective comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The following speakers will present information on the following topics:

• April Keating, Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance, will discuss compressor stations and their impacts on air quality and health.

• Jim Kotcon, WV Sierra Club, will provide additional information on emissions and the project’s economic impact.

• Autumn Crowe, WV Rivers Coalition, will detail the project’s effects on stream health and drinking water.

• Kyle Nuttal, Attorney, will discuss easements and legal issues to consider.

• Kevin Campbell, Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance, will explain the emergency response needed for a project of this magnitude.

Residents wanting to learn more about the proposed project and its impact on the local community are encouraged to attend this free event. All the presenters will be available to answer questions, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact 304-642-9436

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