Pipeline opponents share concern about pipeline impact on waterways

Published: Jun. 17, 2018 at 3:00 PM EDT
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A federal agency is upholding a decision to approve the construction of the Mountain Valley pipeline.

Dan Crawford takes daily walks along the Greenway and visits Wasena Park to practice the drum. He uses his time in the park to share his thoughts about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline. "Some people don't think we can stop them, "said Dan Crawford of the Sierra Club. "My opinion is first we have to try, and secondly as an individual we do have power. We just have to exercise it."

Last week The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decided to uphold approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. The agency denied a request for a rehearing by pipeline opponents. : "On one hand I wasn't surprised but it's another serious slap in the face for the citizens of the country and especially Virginia," sad Crawford.

Other activists are speaking out about the pipeline impact on the environment.

Cynthia Munley is coordinating a press conference with Delegate Sam Rasoul about the alleged erosion control violations from pipeline construction that haven't been issued to MVP. "Our water resources for the region are in dire threat right now," said Cynthia Munley of Preserve Salem.

According to Munley the cost to remove sediment from the water ways would fall on tax payers. "My children and grandchildren are living here and I don't want them living near incineration zones," said Munley. "It affects future generations."

Organizers are hosting a press conference on Monday, June 18 at Wasena Park. They also said there will be a March in Richmond proposing the Water Control Board to take action.