People voice concerns over proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

Citizens voice concerns over Mountain Valley Pipeline meeting on September 29 in Ireland, West Virginia.

IRELAND, W. Va. (WDTV) -- A public, informational meeting was held, Thursday night, in Lewis County, to talk about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that will stretch across a few counties in our area.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a 42 inch high pressure natural gas pipeline that is planned to stretch across counties such as Lewis, Doddridge, and Harrison counties.

But at the public meeting -- many different folks spoke out against this pipeline - and they have a long list of concerns.

"These pipelines are a big problem themselves and they will open up the area for fracking and fracking will make a worse mess than coal mining ever made," said Tom Bond, of Lewis County.

"One of the big problems is they're all going to need small connecting lines and that's going to create more problems and more potential damage for pipeline leaks, breaks and explosions, and we don't need that in this part of the country," said John Cobb, also from Lewis County.

"There's climate concerns, there's concerns of explosions, destruction of headwaters, and contamination of the water. There's a whole lot of issues that we don't have to deal with because we really should be developing our solar and alternative energies right now," said April Pierson-Keating, president of the Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance.

The groups encouraged concerned citizens to write letters and reach out to pipeline officials in an effort to stop this from happening.

"It's very important to be in touch with your local government officials and your state government officials, and even federal. Some people go to D.C. and lobby. You can be a citizen lobbyist. You can write letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and right now there's a comment period open until December 22 on the Mountain Valley Pipeline," said Pierson-Keating.

Only one person associated with pipeline construction was in attendance and he declined to comment.