Economic benefits attached to the Mountain Valley Pipeline

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A Roanoke Kiwanis Club meeting Wednesday provided more insight into the economic benefits of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.

The 300 mile natural gas line would run from West Virginia through several Southwest Virginia communities before ending in Pittsylvania County.

Roanoke Gas Company President John D'Orazio made the 30 minute presentation about the project during the Kiwanis Club monthly gathering.

It revealed new details about the expected money communities would receive in annual tax revenue from the pipeline:

Pittsylvania County: $1.8 million

Franklin County: $1.9 million

Roanoke County: $1.6 million (current route)

Roanoke County: $2.7 million (alternative route)

Montgomery County: $1.5 million (current route)

Montgomery County: $500,000 (alternative route)

Giles County: $900,000 (current route)

Craig County: $900,000 (alternative route)

"It has the potential to attract new industries to this area and attract new jobs, especially to those communities that currently don't have access to natural gas," D'Orazio said.

The $3 billion pipeline is still in its planning stages. It's expected to be built by the end of 2018.

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