Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline spanning 303 miles from southern Virginia to northwestern West Virginia.

The organization originally said they would spend 4.6 billion dollars and be completed by the end of 2019. Although they have found a new way to cross the Appalachian mountain trail and the price will increase by approximately 400,000 dollars. This will also cause the completion to back up to the middle of 2020.

Many residents think of the pipeline as an exceptional idea because of the numerous benefits associated with the pipeline. The pipeline is expected to provide two million dekatherms of gas daily to markets in the mid and south Atlantic regions of the United States.

The controversy on this topic is that the pipeline may pollute streams, rivers, and drinking water. Along with threats to forests, wildlife, and land that surrounds the pipeline. In Roanoke, the construction of the Appalachian mountains is causing severe erosion. Many hikers are shocked and frustrated by the destruction.

Although the most popular form of protest is signs and banners, some protesters have gone as far as locking themselves to pipeline construction sites. Such as twenty-two-year-old Andrew J. Salzberg and twenty-one-year-old Cameron B. Angeiopouus. The West Virginian pair were arrested under the charge of trespassing. Many other conservation groups have worked against the pipeline and have asked a federal court to throw out the permits for the project.

7th-grade teacher Mrs. Shupe was asked how she personally felt about the pipeline and she stated, “Despite disturbances to nature, it will benefit our economy. I wish it wasn’t needed or being put in due to the effects on our environment but sometimes it is necessary to disturb the environment temporarily for the good of all. I think it will benefit the state in jobs and in the natural gas supply.”

6th-grade teacher Mr.Manning has mixed feelings about the pipeline. He answered,” On one hand I am a science teacher and an outdoor enthusiast and for that reason, I hate to see any intrusive human behavior when it comes to animal and plant habitats. On the other hand, building the natural gas pipeline is a necessary cost in order to provide a sustainable fuel source to make electricity for this region. The cost of producing electricity for Virginians will remain low and the natural area will rebound to their original beauty. Hopefully increased awareness of energy needs will push Virginians forward toward developing wind and solar energy resources.”

8th-grade teacher Miss Nichols stated, “Every environmental issue has multiple perspectives. Natural gas is a non-renewable resource but it is more cost-efficient abundant and affordable than other options and Americans are highly depended upon it. It is efficient and cleaner than coal. However, it is not as clean or environmentally friendly as other renewable sources of energy. This pipeline will impact the Appalachian Trail, water quality, wildlife habitat, and overall ecosystem health. While we will secure an additional abundance of a non-renewable resource, it will come at an environmental cost. Although not collecting this feels worse would require an increased invent cement into renewable sources which takes time and money.”

Seventh-grade teacher, Mr. Keith, believes that this is a great alternative for gas for several reasons. He says, “It will provide us with updated resources when dealing with gas.” When asked how do you think the pipeline will affect the state in the future? He replied, “I think it will have a positive impact on the environment due to the usage of its natural gas.”



Roanoke Times