Protesters rally to gain county government backing against pipeline

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FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSLS 10) - Preserve Franklin County members protested the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

About 20 people rallied outside the Franklin County Administration Building in opposition of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. They were asking for their Board of Supervisors to support their view.

The county administrator Richard Huff says the board of supervisors have not made a stance because ultimately it's not their decision whether or not the pipeline runs through the county.

"At this point we've been advised that the local government doesn't have a say one way or another in the process so our board is taking a wait and see attitude," says Huff.

Members of Preserve Franklin believe otherwise. They said it's important for the county to support the group with hopes their voices will be heard by more people. 

Dave Werner spoke at Tuesday's meeting on behalf of Preserve Franklin. During the meeting, the county agreed to send a letter asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to extend its 90-day scoping period, which ended Tuesday. They're relating this request back to Mark Warner, who already asked for an extension for a handful of counties here in the area.

Those against the pipeline said an extension would allow them to continue expressing concerns to FERC through letters and meetings. 

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