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Critics say pipeline would excavate 38 miles of ridgetops

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Environmental groups opposed to the construction of a natural gas pipeline across Virginia and West Virginia have raised a new concern, charging that the project will require the excavation of 38 miles of ridgetops through the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, leading to severe erosion, runoff pollution and habitat loss.

Drawing on information gleaned from the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a Takoma Park, MD-based environmental group, contends that 38 miles of mountain ridges would need to be dynamited and excavated along the project’s 600-mile path through West Virginia and Virginia

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Energy production has had a profound influence on the Chesapeake and its tributaries since European settlement. Settlers built thousands of dams across streams and rivers to provide power for mills and industry. More modern dams create hydroelectric power, but dramatically affect river ecosystems and close them to fish migration.

Combustion of fossil fuels is a major source of pollution to the Chesapeake, and activities such as drilling in the Marcellus Shale can affect stream health and permanently alter terrestrial habitats.

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