Protesters who oppose the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines walked around Capitol Square in Richmond on Saturday. The State Water Control Board is set to begin hearings on the pipelines this week.

A rally opposing the construction of two major natural gas pipelines in Virginia drew hundreds of people from across the state to Capitol Square on Saturday ahead of key regulatory hearings set to begin this week.

Among them were one state delegate and two delegates-elect, one of whom said he will pursue legislation during the coming General Assembly session to push for a more rigorous state review.

“I think we need to put a pause on the certification until more data, research and analysis can be done,” said Del.-elect Chris Hurst, D-Pearisburg.

He said he’s still working with allies to draft the legislation, but that he wants to “ensure there’s more transparency, there’s more analysis done, there’s more data collected and there’s more fairness to land owners during these certification processes as we are talking about natural gas infrastructure pipelines.”

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Richmond Times-Dispatch – Daniel Sangjib – 12.02.2017

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