Municipal Government, National

Laborers Urge Virginia Senators to Back Gas Pipeline

April 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Amherst, VA – The Laborers International Union of America hand-delivered about 1,600 letters to Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner Mar. 31, urging them to support the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

“Our message to Virginia’s senators… is very simple: it’s time to approve this pipeline so we can put Virginia laborers to work rebuilding our nation’s energy infrastructure,” LIUNA Vice President Dennis L. Martire, the union’s Mid-Atlantic Region Manager, said in a statement. “This is the biggest job-creating project we’ve seen in Virginia in many years.” The letters, of which more than 700 are from Virginia residents, were also sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is expected to release a final environmental impact statement in June and decide whether to approve the project by the fall. The proposed $5 billion natural-gas pipeline, which would run about 600 miles from West Virginia to North Carolina, has drawn opposition from people who fear that a leak would poison the region’s water supply. Read more

April 7, 2017

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