Natural Gas Pipeline Construction

By Wil & Angela Stanton

At the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors Meeting with EQT and NextEra held at Blacksburg High School on November 5, 2014 the companies proposing the pipeline discussed some of the details of construction. At one point a question was asked by a member of the Board of Supervisors (BOS) which asked about the dangers to pets and children during construction of the proposed pipeline in a residential area such as Preston Forest. One of the representatives from EQT/NextEra stated that the pipe would be laid and backfilled so no trench would be left open. Well, that is not precisely what is likely to happen. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Williams, and Spectra there are very distinct stages of constructing a natural gas pipeline which would seemingly refute the response given to the question asked by the BOS.

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