CLARKSBURG, W. Va. — The companies promoting the construction of a proposed natural gas pipeline held one of its last open house for its current project status Tuesday night in Harrison County.

Natalie Cox, EQT Corporate Director of Communications and Spokesperson for Mountain Valley Pipeline, along with the experts in attendance at the meeting claim public interaction over the past 12 events has had an impact on their decision making.

“Definitely we take people’s thoughts, concerns and questions into consideration when we come up with alternative routes,” she said. “I think it’s important that people take the time to come to these meetings and learn and ask their questions.”

The Mountain Valley Pipeline –which is in the pre-filing stage with the Federal Energy Regulation Commission— would run 300 miles from Wetzel County to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, would be up to 42 inches in diameter meriting 75 feet of permanent easement and is estimated to provide at least two billion cubic feet per day of firm transmission capacity.

If approved by FERC, the pipeline would be operational sometime in 2018.

As promoted, through the joint venture between EQT Corporation and NextEra Energy, Inc., natural gas could be transported on a scale not possible presently.

“The current pipeline infrastructure that exists just isn’t enough to be able to satisfy the supply that we’re now producing and then the demand,” Cox said. “One of the primary reasons for Mountain Valley Pipeline project is to take that prolific supply from the Marcellus and Utica down to the southeast region of the U.S.”

She said demand is growing in that area due to the fact that as more individuals retire, they relocate to the region.

As with similar open house meetings for other proposed pipeline projects, experts on pipeline construction, engineering and safety were available to take question from the public. They promoted the estimated economic impact which they claim would come with the pipeline’s construction and what having the pipeline could mean for natural gas production jobs with a quicker way to supply the demand.

Also similar to other open house meetings was the presence of organizations opposed to this and all pipeline projects such as the Greenbrier River Watershed Association and the Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance. They handed out information to those in attendance related to their concerns regarding landowner rights, reduced property values and environmental impacts.

Both proponents of the pipeline and opponents continued the debate which has been going on since an increased number of pipeline projects in the area began to be proposed.

“It’s not a matter of them getting to come to our side, it’s a matter of educating them and allowing them to understand the facts,” Cox said. “Maybe they have some misunderstanding, so that’s the best we can do. We certainly appreciate their concerns.”

She hoped the public would take note of the numerous pipelines of various length, sizes and purposes –-more than 210 natural gas pipeline systems running 305,000 miles in 2008– and believe industry and safety can co-exist.

The 14th and final open house meeting for the pre-filing on the Mountain Valley Pipeline project will be held Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jacksonburg Fire Department in Wetzel County.

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  • Jana

    If someone can give me information on Rv site
    that is welling to have a natural gas pipeliner stay 3 to 4 months. We don't drink, were very to ourself. Any where between clarksburg, Buckhannon. This has been very hard for us to
    find some where to live with our Rv.

    Jana Warren
    801 750 0501

  • ron

    when will we, the mineral owners get paid for the gas that is being transported?
    there are 2 different legs of horizonal wells going under my property since feb 2013.
    i have not recieved any payment at all.
    thanks antero

  • RHytonen

    These questins will be answered when they get the gas where it's going - aways toward the coast- and it gets exported to India, Japan, etc., where they pay 5x what we do.
    Then we will see what happens to our heating bills - and the questions will be answered.
    And then we will remember who told us what.
    As for now, ask yourself to whom you would sell the gas - and for how much.
    Business does things for one and only one reason. And they will say and do abslutely anything, to anyone, to get it.

  • The bookman

    If we do not find a way to get the gas to market, there is no reason to continue drilling for more. We could NEVER use all the gas in WV's proven reserves. Getting the gas to larger markets decreases the glut and allows the price to rise, permitting financial advantage for WV and leaseholders in both higher value and volume.

    This is the safest and most efficient method for transporting the fuel, and like Keystone, is only opposed by those pushing an anti fossil fuel agenda.

    Let's do this safely, but let's do this!

    • RHytonen

      There IS no reason to be drilling for more - except to export it and raise OUR prices.

      • The bookman


        It's ok to be anti fossil fuel. I just wish you would share your vision of what we should use to replace the energy derived from coal and gas. Or should we do without?

    • hillbilly

      Let's do this safely, but let's do this!

  • too good to be true

    I attended the meeting. They promise everyone a chicken in every pot. They fail to mention that almost all the jobs will go to out of state workers. They grossly exaggerate the economic benefits. It sounds so good that no one in the right mind would oppose it. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true." They are banking on ignorance to push this through. Oh, one other thing, ALL of the gas from WV will be LEAVING WV. Yep, what a benefit.

    • Expatriot

      It should be done, but forward thinking minds in WV (legislature, it you can find one) should be thinking about how to market the gas in WV to industry. How about incentives on use of WV gas produced in WV for factories. Lower energy costs for job producers. It can be done. Not easy, but it can be done. Still. I harp and harp. Where is WVU, Marshall when it comes to research on alternative uses of coal and other WV energy. Oh...I forgot. They are in the Big 12 and C-USA. More important.

    • worker bee

      I take it all you posters complaining about "our gas" and "our profits" being transported out of state don't drive an automobile, buy clothes, or purchase any groceries that were produced outside of WV? You wouldn't be talking out of both sides of your mouth would you?
      How about the thousands of jobs, royalties for WV mineral rights owners and millions in tax revenue for WV this project would ultimately support? Nah... we don't need that in WV.

      • RHytonen

        True - Considering the permanent COSTS down the line, to public health, safety and infrastructure; never mind land arability, drinking water, and cancer from the "evapration impoundment" fumes - we really DON'T.

        And after the (18 month) BUST - what tax base will there be, to fix the little that CAN be fixed?

        • worker bee

          RH - all you ever do is complain but offer little in the way of suggestions that would present viable alternatives to that which you rail against. Under your cloak of left wing rhetoric this is apparently nothing of substance.

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    • ThatGuyOverThere

      EQT Employs hundreds of West Virginians in North Central WV...THey have at least 4 field offices in Bridgeport, Clarksburg, and Weston that are staffed by West Virginians. I cannot understand why people fight every bit of change in this state... I should have moved years ago. I am thankful that I am part of the natural gas revolution in this state. Mountain Valley is going to happen like it or not. Get on board or get the hell out of the way.

      • True

        Is it going through your property?

        • ThatGuyOverThere

          No, But i have two vertical wells (cabot wells) and a gathering line (3600' of it with ROW) running through my property. My grandparents have a Columbia transmission line running through their property...

    • True

      I can't disagree with that. A few construction jobs to build the pipelines, many of those out of state workers, and the gas and profits go out of state, since the gas companies are not headquartered in WV.

      • hillbilly

        Kind of reminds you of the coal companies, huh?
        I just wish they would pipe natural gas into the southern / southwestern counties of WV that have none so that people can have cheaper heat for their homes, instead of selling it off to Europe just so those countries don't have to buy from Russia..

        • Beekeeper

          The southern counties have gas wells.