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Atlantic Coast pipeline supported by unions

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On 30 January, representatives of Dominion Resources – a company behind the Atlantic Coast pipeline – told Lewis County commissioners that the pipeline will bring approximately US$3.7 million in property taxes in 2022 and that the pipeline would, therefore, have a significant economic impact on Lewis County, according to the company.

“Lewis County will have one of the three compressor stations, located in Kincheloe, along with 20 miles of pipeline and, possibly, a [pipe]yard,” Dominion’s Bob Orndorff stated.

According to The Exponent Telegram: “Orndorff and Ben Hardesty of Alta Energy asked for the commission’s support for the project, as well as the draft Environmental Impact Statement, which is out for public review.”

The commission will make a decision at a later date, once it has reviewed the documents.

Meanwhile, unions showed solidarity over the construction of the Atlantic Coast pipeline. People gathered outside the Virginia Capitol to highlight the pipelines benefits, including a boost to jobs for both Virginian tradesmen and American industry.

According to The Community Idea Stations: “labour representatives say the project would support 8800 jobs during the two year construction period and 2200 jobs in manufacturing and related industries once the pipeline is complete.”

Trade unions involved in the rally incuded electrical workers, welders, boilermakers, pipefitters, heavy-equipment operators and carpenters.

While labour representatives support the pipeline, stating that it will employ American workers, the Dominion-led Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC noted that it would purchase heavy-duty steel panels from South Korea’s POSCO.

Upon signing an executive order that directed all new, retrofitted, repaired or expanded pipelines in the US to “use materials and equipment produced in the US, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law,” Trump included the Atlantic Coast pipeline as one of the priority projects recommended to be built under an expected legislative push for investment in energy infrastructure.

With construction of the US$5.1 billion, 600 mile Atlantic Coast pipeline set to begin late this year, and with predictions that it could be in service by late 2019, if approved, the pipeline is set to move abundant natural gas supplies in West Virginia to Virginia and the Carolinas.

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