Delegate calls for the state to stop pipeline hearings until water is studied

Del. Sam Rasoul calls for the state to stop all pipeline comments and hearings until after it has all the information necessary regarding the impact to groundwater. (Photo: Annie Andersen)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- Don't touch our drinking water.

That's the message Roanoke Delegate Sam Rasoul has for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

At a news conference Tuesday, Rasoul called upon the state's Department of Environmental Quality to suspend the comment period for the pipeline until all the research on the pipeline's impacts on ground water can be researched.

The general manager of Parkway Brewery, Mike Pensinger, was with him and said they opened their brewery because the Roanoke Valley has great water.

Pensinger said, "The water source is what makes our beer our beer. How many of you like our beer? A lot, right?" Pensinger continued, saying "so the thing is that potentially for 4 to 5 years when their study says sedimentation will subside, our beer may not be the same one."

He went on to say that if that happens, his job and the jobs of the other 30 employees at Parkway Brewery could be at risk.

In a recent newsletter, the Mountain Valley Pipeline said they have a steadfast commitment to environmental protection and they are environmentally responsible at all times.

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