Target: Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor of West Virginia
Goal: Save land, homes, and natural resources from a 300-mile gas pipeline.
Natural and private land as well as freshwater sources are at stake from a proposal to construct and operate a natural gas pipeline. The pipeline’s construction will be invasive and the pipeline’s operation will be risky. This type of infrastructure simply supports the fracking industry. We must speak up now before this pipeline is approved.
Known as the Mountain Valley Pipeline, this line will run from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia through the coveted Appalachian Mountains. Many locals are concerned for their land, the Greenbrier River, and the lovely, hilly terrain. A pipeline this long has never been constructed through such a mountainous landscape. The pipeline will connect two existing lines and will not provide much benefit to the citizens of Virginia or West Virginia.
Natural gas will rush through the line at 23,148 cubic feet of gas per second. The pipe will be 42 inches wide and will require a permanent 75-foot easement. During construction, a 125-foot easement will be necessary to grade and clear land to properly set the line. The line’s current route will run along the Greenbrier River as well as cross the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway, all treasured tourist destinations.
A risk of a leak is all too real. From the years of 1994 to 2013, there were 5,623 significant pipeline incidences that cost a total of approximately $6 billion and caused nearly 1,000 injuries and hundreds of deaths. The company behind the pipeline cannot guarentee the line’s safety. A leak will pose a risk to local residents and contaminate soil and water sources. The gas flowing through the pipeline will then be burned as an energy source, contributing to methane and carbon emissions in our atmosphere.
This pipeline’s construction will be destructive, the pipeline itself is a hazard, and the natural gas flowing through the pipeline contributes to climate change. We should invest in renewable resources instead of this invasive pipeline. By signing this petition, you are demanding that the governor of West Virginia take action against the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
Dear Governor Tomblin,
The Mountain Valley Pipeline will destroy natural land and pose a risk to freshwater and air. The residents of West Virginia and Virginia will not benefit from this infrastructure that only supports the controversial fracking industry. You must protect resident homes, native land, air, and water from this 300-mile proposed pipeline project.
Natural gas will run through the pipeline at 23,148 cubic feet of gas per second. The company behind this pipeline cannot guarantee its safety. From the years of 1994 to 2013, there have been thousands of pipeline incidents that have cost billions of dollars to fix and have caused thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths. A pipeline leak could easily pollute the Greenbrier River and the coveted Appalachian Mountains.
Burning natural gas contributes to an increase of methane and carbon in our atmosphere, furthering the effects of climate change. We must look toward renewable energy instead of investing in expensive and potentially damaging nonrenewable infrastructure. I am urging you to please oppose the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
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