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Pipeline construction by Terry Wild
Two massive, fracked-gas pipelines being proposed in Virginia would permanently harm our vital watersheds and valued landscapes, from the Appalachian mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. The Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would carry natural gas — a dirty fossil fuel that threatens our health and environment — are too risky, and are not needed.

Virginia officials are on the cusp of deciding whether or not to issue water quality permits for the pipelines.

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• Pipeline construction would cross more than 1,400 waterways in Virginia and dump thousands of tons of mud — and possibly other contaminants — into our drinking water supplies.

• The 42-inch diameter pipelines — the largest ever to scale steep Appalachian slopes — would cut across the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway and two national forests.

• They would cross earthquake zones and rip through hundreds of family farms, unfairly taking private property for corporate gain.

• They would pose health and safety threats to thousands of Virginians along the routes, disproportionately affecting low-income people, senior citizens, and communities of color.

• They would emit as much climate pollution as 46 coal-fired power plants, and hamper continued growth of clean energy jobs in the commonwealth.