When it was announced that a natural gas pipeline was going to be run through the area - buried deep underground - the folks there went apoplectic. Enraged. Embittered. Mad.
... over a pipeline.
... buried underground.
... that wouldn't be noticeable to the naked eye, even if one went out looking for it.
It's the thought, you see, that there's commerce flowing through the thing that set them off. Evil corporations disgorging their vile, polluting gaseous death through the very heart of Virginia's last remaining pristine Garden of Eden.
Or so it appears.
Well, in the end, the natives have won out. How proud they must be this morning:
Dominion abandons gas pipelineOne can only assume that the residents of Floyd just didn't want the environment disturbed.*
Greenbrier Pipeline was to cross through the center of Floyd County
Roger Mannon, The Floyd Press
A controversial natural gas pipeline approved four years ago has been cancelled. In late January Dominion Transmission, which had been given a permit by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to construct and maintain the Greenbrier Pipeline through the center of Floyd County, filed a motion to vacate its certificate.
When the line was proposed, to travel 279 miles from West Virginia to North Carolina, and passing through the center of Floyd County, property owners reacted angrily.
In last month’s motion, Dominion stated “despite the patience extended by the Commission in granting the prior extension, Greenbrier does not believe that current circumstances support a request for further extension of the Commission’s authority for construction of the pipeline. The pipeline does not appear to be economically feasible at this time. Nor has Greenbrier developed the necessary market commitments to support the filed project as required by the commission’s order.” (link)
So now the gas will be transported to North and South Carolina the old-fashioned way, by train and truck. Spewing fossil fuels the whole way. Polluting the atmosphere. Warming the globe. Every day. Up and back. Up and back. Up and back.
But at least those nasty trucks won't be going through Floyd. That's what matters most to the friends of the Earth over there. Right? They've done their part to make America ... what... cleaner?
For the love of God.
* Before I'm told by Floydians that I need to walk in their shoes, let it be understood that I once owned property in Bullitt County, Kentucky, through which ran a similar pipeline, buried similarly deep underground. Except for signs posted along the line's route (from Houston to Lake Erie) warning people to be careful when they dig, one had no idea it was even there. It and I and the environment lived in complete harmony.