ATC's Views on The Mountain Valley Pipeline

Published Dec 21, 2016

Mountain Valley Pipeline

Our friends with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) serve with honor and diligence. Everyone I know at the ATC shares a secret that they hope nobody ever learns. Sorry, here it is. They would probably protect, promote and preserve the Appalachian Trail even if they weren't paid by the ATC to do so. Yeah! I said it!

So, when I read about the ATC's positions on controversial or mundane matters, I respect their opinions and conclusions. Whether you ultimately agree or disagree with any of the ATC's concerns, at least listen to their side of the story. Such as with their opposition to the Mountain Valley Pipeline which is proposed for areas in Virginia and West Virginia that will impact the AT.

This is where the ATC stands on the Mountain Valley Pipeline:

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy strongly opposes the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in VA and WV. A deeply flawed environmental review process has led to a proposed route that would severely impact the A.T. and undermine the protection of all National Scenic Trails on National Forest Lands.

We've worked with energy companies in the past to avoid impacts to the A.T. but the poor environmental review of this project threatens multiple iconic viewpoints in Virginia, including Angels Rest, Kelly Knob, Rice Fields and Dragon's Tooth.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy believes:

The proposed route would require the creation of a 500 foot utility corridor around the pipeline. Initially, 125 feet wide with the option of expanding to 500 feet for future projects. We predict the pipeline corridor could be viewed from over 20 miles away at many viewpoints.

We all depend upon products that are delivered to us via pipelines. The issue here, if I understand correctly, is where those pipelines should go and to what degree should they mar the landscape.


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Comments
Mike Fletcher on Dec 25, 2016
You stated that poor environmental review of this project threatens multiple iconic viewpoints in Virginia, including Angels Rest, Kelly Knob, Rice Fields and Dragon's Tooth.

What does that mean? What exactly was not done or done wrong, and what needs to be done to correct the problem?
Robert Sutherland on Dec 26, 2016
Click on the link in the story for more information, Mike.