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Pipeline Developers Answer Montgomery County Residents' Questions

Representatives from Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC made a presentation on the proposed pipeline project and answered questions at Blacksburg High School the evening of Wednesday, November 5, 2014, while most attendees voiced their opposition.  For more information, see the Roanoke Times article here: http://www.roanoke.com/news/local/montgomery_county/montgomery-county-crowd-registers-opposition-to-pipeline/article_77652167-1b8d-5754-ab78-53674851a3aa.html

New Route for Gas Pipeline Considered

A new possible route for the Mountain Valley Pipeline is being proposed by its developers, EQT Corp and NextEra Energy.  This route would avoid Floyd, Pulaski, and Henry Counties, instead passing through Franklin, Montgomery, PIttsylvania and Roanoke Counties.  According to an article in the Roanoke Times on October 8, 2014, the route being considered is designed to "minimize impact to scenic areas along the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway" and the possibility of co-locating along existing rights of way for American Electric Power (AEP) transmissions lines is under investigation. Final decisions on whether to develop the pipeline and on its route have not yet been made.

For more information, see the article in the Roanoke Times <http://www.roanoke.com/news/local/floyd_county/new-route-for-gas-pipeline-avoids-floyd-county-passes-through/article_bc898e3c-90f1-52cb-8968-58af7fb0f1cf.html> and the Mountain Valley Pipeline Info page <http://mountainvalleypipeline.info/>.

New Nuclear Power Plant Approved for UK: First in almost two decades

According to a BBC News report, the Hinkley Point nuclear power generation facility in Somerset, UK, has received final regulatory approval from the European Commission (see the EC's press release).  The project, developed by EDF Energy, is expected to cost £24.5 billion ($39.4 billion) and to take 10 years to complete.  For more information on the regulatory issues involved, see the BBC story.