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Met with resistance: Eastern Panhandle residents speak out against proposed West Virginia gas pipeline


The Journal

Two opponents of the Pipeline hold signs at the Public hearing Tuesday evening at Berkeley Springs High School. (Journal photo by Ron Agnir)

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va.  — Armed with statistics, geological surveys and impassioned personal pleas, an estimated100 residents presented their case to try to persuade the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection not to grant Mountaineer Gas a stormwater management permit to build a 23-mile natural gas line from Morgan County down into Martinsburg at a public hearing held at Berkeley Spring High School on Tuesday.

Thirty-two speakers offered comments during the roughly105-minute meeting, citing possible pipeline leaks, water supply pollution, devalued property values and a potential threat to natural wildlife among other reasons for the WVDEP to turn down Mountaineer’s pipeline application.

Hailing from the Eastern Panhandle, Maryland, Washington D.C. and central West Virginia, speakers touched on one central concern: the environmental impact — both personal and commercial — on area drinking water if the pipeline were to rupture and leak.

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