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Monroe County board opposes gas pipeline

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Add the collective voice of the Monroe County Board of Health to the roster of opponents lining up against the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.

The MVP, which is in the permitting process right now, will stretch from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia when completed, with a path that includes portions of Nicholas, Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties. The controversial 42-inch-diameter pipeline will transport liquefied natural gas.

 In a lengthy open letter, Dr. J. Travis Hansbarger, Monroe County health officer, writes on behalf of the five members of the Board of Health, “The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline poses a significant and substantial risk for the health and welfare of Monroe County residents. The pipeline is designed to pass close to a public school and a long term care center, risking the welfare of some of our most vulnerable residents. Most importantly, our pristine water supplies will be in constant danger of contamination from runoff and turbidity.

“In addition, if this pipeline is allowed to pass through unopposed, this scenario will likely be repeated for northern Monroe County with the second pipeline referred to as the ‘Appalachian Connector.’ We will thus become a permanent corridor for large, super-high pressure pipelines.

“Monroe County Board of Health is firmly opposed to the construction and installation of the Mountain Valley Pipeline through any route in Monroe County…


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