Increasing number of elected officials express concerns regarding the pipeline
ROANOKE, Va. (August 4, 2017) – A growing number of town supervisors, commissioners and other local elected officials are voicing their opposition to the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). If completed as currently designed, the pipeline could harm local jobs dependent on tourism dollars, drinking water quality and natural resources including the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.).
To date, two dozen local officials — representing areas where President Donald Trump received substantial support in 2016 — have come out in opposition to the pipeline, including the supervisors from Montgomery, Craig and Roanoke Counties in Virginia; commissioners in Summers County, West Virginia; and members of the Richmond House of Delegates. Many have sent letters addressed to the U.S. Secretaries of Interior, Energy and Agriculture, as well as officials within the Bureau of Land Management.
Also expressing opposition are U.S. Senators and Members of Congress representing Virginia including Representatives Morgan Griffith (Virginia 9th District), Bob Goodlatte (Virginia 6th District) and Don Beyer (Virginia 8th District), as well as Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA). Senators Kaine and Warner and Rep. Griffith have introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives requiring a more detailed analysis by federal agencies to ensure that the MVP and other pipeline projects do not cause damage to National Scenic Trails like the A.T. and National Forest lands in surrounding areas.
“The proponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are trying to rush the review process in a way that ignores the economic, safety and environmental risks it poses, including permanent damage to the Appalachian Trail hiking experience,” said Ron Tipton, president and CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). “This growing bipartisan coalition shows that there is a deep concern about the harm this pipeline would ultimately bring.”
To view the letters of opposition and press statements from elected officials regarding the MVP, visitappalchiantrail.org/MVP-opposition.
For more information regarding the MVP and its effect on the Appalachian region, visit appalachintrail.org/MVP.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit appalachiantrail.org.
Media Contact: Jordan Bowman
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
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