3rd natural gas pipeline could run through southern Virginia

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ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) - Another natural gas pipeline could be in the works in Southwest Virginia and Southside.

The Oklahoma company Williams is in the process of developing the Appalachian Connector, a pipeline that would connect the Uitca and Western Marcellus natural gas supply in northern West Virginia to the Transco Pipeline, which has a compressor facility in Chatham.

Williams spokesman Christopher Stockton said the plan is still in its early stages.

No pipeline route has been developed for the Appalachian Connector, but it would likely need to run through the Roanoke Valley and Southside to get to the Chatham facility.

This would be the third pipeline to potentially run through our area along with the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley projects.

Roanoke County is in the process of talking with EQT and NextEra Energy, the companies building the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Supervisor Charlotte Moore said more information is needed about before decision on any of these projects can be made.

"When they came to our board meeting we asked a lot of questions, and they didn't really give us any definite answers," she said. "We still need to do research and get information from them."

The Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines are in the process of developing routes, working with landowners and going through the federal government for approval.

That's much further along than the Appalachian Connector, which won't even begin those steps until next year if the project ends up moving forward. 

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