The Valley Reacts to Gov. McAuliffe Endorsing Pipeline Project

CHURCHVILLE, Va. (WHSV)-- McAuliffe announced his support of the pipeline that, if approved, would run through parts of Augusta County.

Dominion Resources wants to bring more natural gas to the south, and on Sept. 2, McAuliffe got behind the idea because of the impact the pipeline would have on manufacturing and job growth.

"So when you're bringing in a gigantic manufacturing facility, we can take a spur right off that pipeline and provide that cheap abundant affordable gas right to that manufacturer and not many people can stand at a podium and make that kind of announcement," said Gov. McAuliffe.

The pipeline has been strongly opposed by landowners in our area. It would have a major impact on local water supplies and farming.

Landowners like John Geary, can expect to permanently lose a large chunk of their land if the project goes through.

In addition, they are also concerned at the risk the pipeline presents to watershed preservation and the local economy.

The feeling is that Dominion and its partners are not concerned about what this project will do to the area.

"They're gonna take my property and my dream so they can make billions. I mean, it just, I mean it makes me sick. I feel physically sick to the stomach since I've got the notice that they're planning on coming through my property," said John Geary, landowner.

A public information session is scheduled for Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. at the Verona government center


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