A proposed natural gas pipeline that cuts through the Appalachian Trail in Virginia is drawing the attention of environmental groups.
Called the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the pipeline’s proposed path runs through Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia, passes through Appalachian National Scenic Tour Corridor and across the trail near Peters Mountain Wilderness Area in Virginia. Its installation requires the clearing of 3.4 miles of forest protected by the Forest Services “Roadless Rule.”
At risk, viewpoints like Angels Rest, historically significant structures, the safety of residents, business and community organizations within the 1,115 feet “blast zone” surrounding the pipe, and, of course, the groundwater.
The pipeline is supported by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) and business leaders who tout it as a job-creator.
A period of public comment continues through December 22 during which anyone has the ability to voice concerns through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission website (FERC) or by contacting FERC Secretary Kimberly Bose. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has also put together a guide on how to voice opposition.