UPDATE: Nelson Residents Address Pipeline Concerns at Meeting

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June 8, 2014

UPDATE 10:32 P.M.

There were plenty of questions and concerns from Nelson County residents on the possibility of a pipeline cutting straight through their properties.

More than 100 people attended a meeting on Sunday night after several residents received letters from Dominion Resources Inc., asking permission to survey their land for a possible natural gas pipeline.

“You hear about pipelines being built and you move to Central Virginia and it is this beautiful place and you never think that something like this would happen to you,” says Nelson County resident Anne Buteau.

Buteau has owned a farm in Nelson County for 15 years. She says she received a letter from dominion and is concerned that her land will be compromised.

“Unless it goes way back in the woods it would completely destroy the infrastructure of our small farm,” says Buteau.

While attending the meeting residents discussed ways to tell Dominion that they aren't interested in the surveying of their property.

Dominion is considering building a 450-mile long natural gas transmission pipeline, but it is still in the preliminary stages as no route has been identified.

The proposal from Dominion would bring natural gas from the Appalachian basin to markets in Virginia and North Carolina, but the company has not identified an exact route.

Many who gathered at the Nelson Memorial Library want to know what they can do to top it.

“There are lots of tools that citizens have to be able to oppose pipelines,” says Ernie Reed, president and conservation director of Wild Virginia.

Reed says that opposition to the pipeline could force dominion to reconsider.

“It will take a good show of force and community solidarity to be able to stop it.”

Residents were in awe as dozens stuck stars along a map showing that their land could be a part of a $2 billion pipeline project.

Dominion could start surveying land by next month. If built, the pipeline could be put into service by the end of 2018.

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