WV Wilderness Group Continues to Fight Dominion SE-Pipeline

by Duane Nichols on August 20, 2014

Land & Stream Pipeline-Disturbances in WV

WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

Based upon a Report from News 59, WVNS-TV, August 19, 2014

MARLINTON – The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting for months with three gas companies that want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County.

Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness. She said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County. “There are three gas companies that want to race over the Allegheny mountains with natural gas that would permanently affect our area. These are 42 inch pipelines or transmission pipelines and they would race and roar through the mountains,” Ragland said.

She said the gas companies are not telling the public all the information about what the pipeline will do to the land. “It’s like saying I’m gonna build a garden but you don’t mention that you plan to disturb the land and you need to add things to the dirt”. Ragland wants the County Commission to say no to the gas companies like some other neighboring counties have been doing in Virginia.

The Pocahontas County Commission met Tuesday, August 19th to hear from both West Virginia Wilderness and representatives of Dominion Resources’ companies. The commission did not decide anything, but instead listened to both sides and the public.


Ed Wade of the Wetzel County Action Group was in Marlington to present his photo collection of disturbances to the land and streams due to pipeline construction in WV.  He said that Dominion has no experience with such a large pipeline (42 inch diameter) and severe damages would be done to the mountains including the Monongahela National Forest.

The Dominion SE-Pipeline would originate in Harrison County, WV, and continue thru Lewis, Upshur, Randolph and Pocahontas counties in West Virginia. Then, it would disturb in Virginia the counties of Highland, Augusta, Nelson, Buckingham, Cumberland, Prince Edward, Nottoway, Dinwiddie, Brunswick, Greenville, and Southampton before entering North Carolina.

Dominion has presented their plans also in Nelson County, Virginia, where the citizens have become actively involved as reported here and here.

This SE-Pipeline could be re-purposed or dual-purposed to move natural gas from West Virginia to the East Coast for ocean shipment as liquefied natural gas (LNG) to other countries, thus increasing the price of natural gas in the US. Dominion denies any such intention at this time.

See the previous FrackCheckWV post on the SE-Pipeline here.

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