31 Jul '17, 2pm

Are these the new top contenders for America’s most unpopular pipeline? https://t.co/8tQjBh5GzX

A pair of pipelines designed to snake across the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and part of the Appalachian Trail are facing pitched opposition along the route. The 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline would funnel natural gas drawn from the hydraulic fracturing boom in the Northeast from upper West Virginia to an existing pipeline network in southwestern Virginia. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would start from the same area and stretch twice as long, ending west of Wilmington, North Carolina. The Atlantic Coast route also includes a 70-mile spur that would lead to the Virginia coast near Norfolk. Both lines are up to 42 inches across. They would traverse terrain critics say is both scenic and poorly suited to heavy infrastructure. Much of it is karst—unstable terrain where bedrock has been eaten away by groundwater, leaving it prone to sinkholes and vulnerable to pollution. To bu...

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