Packed House At Pipeline Meeting

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- A natural gas pipeline may run right through the backyard of Lee Ann Heizer; in a neighborhood she grew up in. She's now voicing her concerns against the proposed pipeline.

There are worries it will contaminate the water and destroy the scenery, among many things.

"We are the watershed for the Chesapeake Bay, so not just Augusta County will be impacted by this, we are talking about people all the way to the bay," said Heizer.

She's not the only one with concerns. A sea of people came out to the meeting to voice their opinion on this issue.

The vice president of Dominion Power, Chet Wade, says that their first concern is safety, and says the pipeline will have positive benefits, including providing energy for Virginia and bringing economic growth.

"We want to work with landowners, with the local community, etc. We've been in business for over three centuries and that's how we do business. Now, unfortunately that does not mean we can meet everybody's request," said Wade.

Still, others worry that they will have no authority in the matter and be left with all the responsibility.

As Heizer returns to her neighborhood, she says this is a fight she'll stand strong on.

Leaders with Dominion Power say they've only had to use eminent domain about five percent of the time. They plan to start open houses with the supervisors and the community in the near future.


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