The Mountain Valley Pipeline as well as the Appalachian Connector (actual path yet to be divulged) projects are slated to run through our region. All of us need to understand our rights as property owners. Please come to a meeting we are hosting on Monday, November 17th at 7 p.m. with Waldo & Lyle, LLC. The meeting will be held at Custom Catering located at 902 Patrick Henry Drive in Blacksburg (this is in the Patrick Henry shopping center located at the corner of N. Main Street and Patrick Henry Drive). Joe Waldo and his associates will empower us by providing the information we need to protect our homes and properties. After their presentation, they will also talk with individuals to discuss their specific issues/concerns. We moved this meeting to a larger venue to accommodate as many people as possible.
By Wil and Angela Stanton
Preserve the New River Valley
November 9, 2014 – updated November 30, 2014
There has been much discussion and debate about the benefits of moving from coal to natural gas – “a cleaner energy source”. With the surge in shale gas discovery and development, natural gas, which is approximately 90% methane, is a growing part of our nation’s energy mix. There are now more than 40,000 shale gas wells in operation in the U.S. today – three times as many as in 2005.
Natural gas as a means to produce electricity has been hailed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the fuel that can act as a “bridge” between carbon-heavy coal and zero-carbon renewables, helping to reduce humans’ impact on the climate. “One reason natural gas is called “clean” is because it emits 50 percent less carbon dioxide than coal when you burn it. Thus it’s seen by some as a ‘bridge’ fuel until zero-carbon-producing renewables can take over. But natural gas isn’t clean in the way that solar is clean. It’s clean-er than coal. It’s better than the worst; that’s all.” Read the Rest of the Article
 Tracking down fugitive methane leaks, Picarro Surveyor’s highly-sensitive, mobile technology helps detect gas leaks along the natural gas supply chain, Environmental Defense Fund, accessed 9 November 2014, http://www.edf.org/energy/innovation/gas-leak-detection-innovation
 IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group III, – Mitigation of Climate Change, Chapter 7, Energy Systems, 2014, accessed 9 November 2014, http://report.mitigation2014.org/drafts/final-draft-postplenary/ipcc_wg3_ar5_final-draft_postplenary_chapter7.pdf
 Huge Methane Leaks Add Doubt on Gas as ‘Bridge’ Fuel, by Bobby Magil, Climate Central, Published: April 15th, 2014, accessed 9 November 2014, http://www.climatecentral.org/news/huge-methane-leaks-add-doubt-on-natural-gas-as-a-bridge-fuel-17309
 Is Natural Gas “Clean”? By Mark Bittman, September 34, 2013, NY Times, accessed 9 November 2014, http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/is-natural-gas-clean/?_r=0