Upshur County Commission Hears Pipeline Project Plans
Written by Lauren McMillen
Last updated on June 06, 2014 @ 12:57PM
Created on June 05, 2014 @ 6:28PM
Representatives from Dominion Transmission paid a visit to the Upshur County Commission on Thursday to unveil a new proposal.
They say they are in the early phases of this project and they will begin the process by surveying the land in Upshur County.
It's all part of the South East Reliability Pipeline Project. It all started when officials from Duke Energy came to Dominion and then asked to put in a pipeline to transport gas from the Marcellus Shale to North Carolina.
The project is expected to run through several states and cover more than 500 miles.
Dominion has sent out letters to residents from across the area to alert them and receive their permission. They will keep an eye out for wetlands, endangered species, and artifacts while surveying the land. If any of this is found, they will avoid that area and work around it to ensure protection.
Officials say they are making sure they put the residents first, before stepping in.
"When we go on someone's land, we're going to have a long standing relationship with them. It doesn't just end if we build a project. We will operate this pipe for 20 or more years. So we consider them our neighbor and it's best to get off on the right foot," said Bob Orndoff, Dominion Transmissions Representative.
5 News talked to several people who are really concerned about this project and some say they feel it could lead to more harm than good.
"It could get into the wells. It may be harmful to people or dogs that drink out of the streams. It wouldn't be good," said Senate Whitt, Lewis County resident.
Here in our area, the pipeline is planned to start in either Northern Lewis County or Southern Harrison County.
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