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Another Potential Route Change for Mountain Valley Pipeline

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The Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would transport natural gas from West Virginia, may get a second change to its proposed path through the commonwealth. 

Spokeswoman for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, Natalie Cox, says it will be weeks to months before the LLC planning the venture, completes contacting landowners and localities to see if any potential changes to the pipeline’s route are feasible. 

In an email she said they are now evaluating possible alternatives in multiple counties.  And that assessing a potential new route will include quote, “ an evaluation of the topography for constructability and an evaluation of environmental, historical and cultural resources.” 

The current route for the Mountain Valley Pipeline is through Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke and Franklin counties to Pittsylvania. Cox added, that while they are now exploring a potential route change, there could be other changes considered in the process as well.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would have to sign off before construction of the pipeline, set for late 2018, could begin.

Robbie Harris is based in Blacksburg, covering the New River Valley and southwestern Virginia.
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