FERC holds Atlantic Coast Pipeline meeting in Staunton

Published: Feb. 23, 2017 at 11:06 PM EST
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More than 120 people signed up to speak out to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a one-on-one private setting.

Both supporters and opponents showed up to the meeting including some who have worked on a pipeline previously.

"It'll get us a lot of jobs and a lot of other people a lot of jobs too," said Luke Dales.

With some supporting the pipeline, others like the Augusta County Alliance and land owners, said it is not right to destroy people's property.

"We didn't sit back and say 'Hey, we've worked hard on our property for 26 years for these people to come in here and take it," said Becci Harmon.

The meeting allowed those attending to learn more about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which included the routes and expenses.

In the end, those on both sides of the pipeline are just hoping their message was heard.

"If you got a product, a petroleum product of this nature that we can use, we need to use it. It's economical for the country," said Daniel Quick.

"We don't need it to have all the gas that we need. The ACP being new will cost about three times more to transport the gas than using existing pipelines that have been paid for by previous customers," said Thomas Hadwin.

FERC will review all the comments made at Thursday night's meeting.