Roanoke County officials hold community meeting on Mountain Valley Pipeline

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ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- As the Mountain Valley Pipeline inches closer to a final approval, Roanoke County officials held a public meeting on January 25, 2018, informing residents on what to expect.

The proposed pipeline is not yet finalized, but officials said construction could start in just one week.

They updated the public on public safety, communication and how the project could play out from start to finish.

This is after years of opposition and lawsuits from those seeking to keep the project from moving forward.

Pipeline opponents said the meeting was informative, but they said there are still too many questions.

Opponents are concerned about the possible environmental effects, like well water poisoning, in addition to the impact on property values and other issues. They also said the type of gas used would not emit an odor, which would make it difficult to detect any gas leak.

"With trenching and blasting through trenched water sheds, through carsed areas, people are wholly at risk for losing their water, and poisoning water in whole watersheds," said Roberta Bondurant, a pipeline opponent and community advocate.

County officials said they have sent court filings at the state and federal level to address certain concerns.

In addition, there are still several lawsuits filed by individuals or organizations in place in an attempt to delay pipeline construction or stop it all together.

The county expects to receive an undetermined amount of revenue if the pipeline is completed, as local governments generally do, but officials said they believe any revenue would be relatively small, in terms of the county budget.

As for now, the pipeline could move forward, with construction starting on February 1.

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