Pipeline merits careful review
Is a natural gas pipeline coming through your backyard or back 40 acres? That’s a good possibility if you are one of the lucky landowners near a planned gas corridor for North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Your granddaddy plowed that land one foot deep with a mule to grow food. The gas company will plow it nine feet deep to place a 36-inch or 42-inch gas line underneath the food we grow.
Safe? Probably nothing will ever leak or go wrong with the pipe near anything important or near people.
But the governors of these states agree that building the pipeline is a good thing – job creation, cheaper gas prices – so maybe the governors are right if they agree.
I think it is all of the gas company, by the gas company and for the gas company, so help me God.
But it seems eminent. I guess that’s what eminent domain means (it’s not long until your domain is changed).
I hope our regulatory agencies will think about our grandfather plowing that mule and the way things were underneath ground before they rubber stamp what seems to have already been decided.
La Crosse, Va.
The writer owns land in Johnston County.