Dr. Stockton Maxwell, Assistant Professor of Geospatial Science at Radford University contacted EQT to request a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) request for the proposed pipeline route. A GIS is, in layman’s terms, a computer system that allows geographical data to be captured, stored, analyzed, and presented. Many counties and municipalities now use GIS to map all parcels and provide pertinent information on each parcel. Not surprising to those of us familiar with the EQT/NextEra Alliance, Mountain Valley Pipeline. LLC, they did not respond to Dr. Maxwell’s request. However, the company did have to share this information with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) as they are one of the stakeholders that must be notified during the pre-filing process. Dr. Maxwell contacted DCR and they shared the GIS information with him.
To make it easier for us to interpret the GIS information, Dr. Maxwell was kind enough to create a Google Earth file of the entire route (from Wetzel County, WV to Pittsylvania County, VA. He then created a buffer of 150 feet on each side of the route as this is the planned right-of-way during the construction phase of the project. To view this file, you will first need to download and install Google Earth — you can download it for free at: http://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/agree.html. Once you have downloaded Google Earth and installed it (or if you already have Google Earth installed), you will need to download the following file: http://preservethenrv.com/docs/MVP_Route.kmz. The file will download onto your computer. You can then Open the file (you will see the file name show at the bottom of your screen; click on the arrow to the right and select open) and it should open in Google Earth.
We are so lucky to have someone with Dr. Maxwell’s talents on our side — this resource will help landowners and citizens investigate the route better than the company’s maps.