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The fate of a controversial pipeline is now in the hands of Virginia’s Water Control Board. The board heard final public comment on the Mountain Valley Pipeline Wednesday. If approved, it would carry natural gas through much of southwest Virginia.

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For those who have been following the progress of two natural gas pipelines, all eyes are on Richmond this week, where members of a citizen board could determine the future of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

In our region, the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has aroused controversy.  So has another proposed natural gas line through Southwestern Virginia.  A new study takes a look at local costs of the pipeline that would stretch from West Virginia to a compressor station in southern Virginia. 

The gas companies behind the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline have estimated it would cost $3.5 billion to construct the 42-inch-wide pipe through eight counties along the Virginia/ West Virginia border.

Pipelines: A Threat to Virginia's History?

May 3, 2016
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Preservation Virginia released its annual list of historic places under threat -- of demolishment, development, or apathy. This year, those places include an old slave dwelling outside of Danville, a chapel that served as one of the oldest schoolhouses on the Northern Neck, and an historic African-American cemetery in Charlottesville. 

But, says the group, more of Virginia’s historic places are facing another kind of threat. 

New requirements to meet future, clean energy goals are raising new questions about what it will take to achieve them. Robbie Harris has this report on how that’s expanding the debate over natural gas pipelines proposed for Virginia.