Proposed pipeline angers residents in Franklin County

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FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSLS) - The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline continues to stir up controversy throughout southwest Virginia.

Franklin County community members came together Tuesday for an information meeting.

Sandy Arthur says she's denied the Coates Field Service working for the EQT Corporation twice when they came to survey her land.

"When they did come through the door and showed me the projected path I was horrified," Franklin County resident Sandy Arthur say. "I can't sleep. We are just devastated thinking about what it will do to our property and our family."

Arthur said it would be impossible to sell her property with the proposed pipeline. She said the 300 mile natural gas pipeline could turn her property into a construction site, ripping up the land, and cutting down at least a hundred of her trees.

Arthur helped organize the first community meeting at the Franklin County Library.

The Preserve Floyd group discussed safety and environmental concerns that come along with the pipeline.

There is an existing pipeline called the East Tennessee Natural Gas Pipeline. It was built in 1964 and is 8 inches in diameter. Roanoke County Board of Supervisors member Jason Peters says there's been no safety issues.

However, Peters says the proposed 42-inch pipeline could have more environmental and safety impacts.

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