Giles County’s board of supervisors continues to oppose the Mountain Valley Pipeline, but the county also wants to know what its costs might be for tapping the natural gas pipeline if the project moves forward.

County Administrator Chris McKlarney said in an email Tuesday that the county wants to compare the costs of a tap at the 120-acre Wheatland Eco Park that would be installed either during or after pipeline construction.

“Giles County has been, and remains, opposed to the proposed route through our community,” McKlarney said. “However, the reality of the situation is that if the project is approved, we have to determine the most cost efficient means by which to obtain a connection.”

The county filed an online application Sept. 14 with Mountain Valley Pipeline for potential service at the park, he said. Natalie Cox, a spokeswoman for Mountain Valley, said in an email Tuesday that the company anticipates responding to the county’s inquiry by the end of October.

McKlarney said he inquired about the costs so that he could provide information to the board of supervisors and Industrial Development Authority.

Russell Chisholm, an officer with Preserve Giles County, a group opposing the pipeline, issued a statement about McKlarney’s query.

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The Roanoke Times – Duncan Adams – 10.10.2017

Posted by Nelson Bailey

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