Natural gas pipeline exist in New River Valley

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On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors received an update on plans to build the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). EQT, the company behind the proposed 300 mile natural gas project gave a presentation. Many residents have voiced opposition to this particular pipeline, despite the fact that a different pipeline already exist.

In fact, the East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG) pipeline was built more than 50 years ago. According to a spokesperson for Spectra Energy, the project runs 1,515 miles across states including Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. Approximately 22 miles of the ETNG pipeline is located in Montgomery County.

"The East Tennessee pipeline is much smaller" said Tina Badger, opposed to the MVP. "It doesn't mean there won't be problems with it in the future. But this (MVP) is a much larger pipeline and high pressure. We don't feel it will bring any benefit to our area."

The Mountain Valley Pipeline remains in the planning phase. EQT continues to examine routes to determine the best path and which customers could potentially benefit from the project. Ultimately, it will be up to the federal government to decide whether or not another pipeline will be built in Montgomery County.

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