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Pipeline protestors look to get attention of governor

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Protestors angry over the Mountain Valley Pipeline worked to get the attention of Governor Terry McAuliffe Friday.

The governor was in town speaking to the Roanoke-Blacksburg Business Council in a closed meeting at the Hotel Roanoke. Before arriving more than 20 people were holding signs in front of the hotel protesting the proposed natural gas pipeline.

The current route has it starting in West Virginia, running through Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties.

McAuliffe said he supports the pipeline because of the economic opportunities, but emphasizes this is a federal issue.

"This pipeline will allow us to have some of the cheapest energy in the country, we can bring manufacturing back to Virginia," he said. "Southside, Southwest Virginia needs manufacturing. We will have the cheapest energy in the country and this will help us do it."

But protestors say there are thousands of people against the pipeline, and they want their voices heard.

"We have not felt like we've been heard clearly by the federal government. We have not had support on many local levels and as a state," said Carolyn Reilly, who organized the protest. "McAuliffe is pro-pipeline, we are not and we want him to listen to the citizens."

Even with land surveying well underway, protestors say they will continue to fight and speak out against the pipeline.