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Concerns On Proposed Pipeline Discussed At Randolph County Commission Meeting

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ELKINS - Dominion Resources proposed building a 550-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from the Appalachian basin to markets in Virginia and North Carolina.

The Randolph County Commission meeting was packed on Thursday. The commission heard about concerns and support regarding construction of proposed 42-inch pipeline and compressor station.

"It was a continuation of our educating the officials and the public on the issue of the proposed pipeline, at this point there has been no discussion by the gas officials in our state," said Lauren Ragland, of WV Wilderness for Lovers versus Proposed Pipeline.

Concerned citizens feel Dominion's Southeast Reliability Project, that would run a Dominion Transmission pipeline in Harrison County to Virginia and North Carolina would endanger the quality of life.

"We the people should ask of our officials to what they should do, and that's protect our quality of life. There are 42 inch pipelines in America, but through the plains incredibly different through the Alleghenies," Ragland said.

Geologists also spoke about a need for a water resources protection ordinance. They feel county commissions are the only legal authority to protect the resources available in this state.

The commission didn't provide any comment at this time, but said they would need to hear from gas companies like Dominion before taking any action.

"We haven't met with the gas companies or representatives or anybody yet. So we're going to try to get with the gas company, Dominion or which ever gas company they are, and get some more information into what's exactly going on," said Chris See, Randolph County Commission president.

The Associated Press said Dominion hasn't decided whether to build the pipeline.

A route for the pipeline hasn't been identified. The company is notifying land owners that it will begin surveying for a route as early as this summer.

Rick Webb with the University of Virginia's Department of Environmental Science is concerned about the pipeline's impact on the environment. Webb said it would do long-term damage to the Allegheny Highlands.

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