Summers & Monroe Counties,W.Va.
Kevin Ridder | April 11, 2018 | 1 Comment
“It’s a gorgeous place on the river,” he says. “But I’m not fighting it because it’s me. I’m fighting it because it’s 300 miles of hell and destruction.”
While his actual home is a half-mile away, he owns two rental houses on the Summers County, W.Va., property by the Greenbrier River and had plans to install a boat dock and upscale camping ground — but not anymore.
If the worst happens and the pipeline explodes, the property — which he values at $535,000 — would be annihilated. Before the company used eminent domain to seize the right-of-way, they offered Ashby $34,000, which he promptly refused.
“It just completely destroys my property,” he says. “I will not run a commercial campground on top of that pipeline. I don’t think anybody would want to stay over a place that could blow.”
“If they break through that top rock and the bedrock, the water could just go right on down into the earth and be gone,” he says. “We’d have no way of getting it back. It’s a serious thing. … This is the Earth we live on. Where are we going to live when they screw it up? And if one generation doesn’t fight for the next generation, we’ve certainly lost our total reasoning and cause.” — By Kevin Ridder
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MVP plans to add NO ODORANT to this pipeline. This means there is no early warning of a leak for people living, hiking, working, or canoeing over the pipeline once it is installed.
Methane (“natural gas”) is odorless and colorless. A leak could also infiltrate household wells and spring water.
Consider contacting your local government for an official letter directed to Mountain Valley Pipeline requesting that they add odorant to this pipeline to show respect for human life. Copies should be sent to FERC, and your state government agencies and officials connected with safety and natural resources. Montgomery County Virginia Board of Supervisors have initiated this effort (and their letter could serve as a template for others).