Tuesday, May 16th – Important Meeting to Address MVP Easements, Eminent Domain, Water Testing and Other Pipeline Questions (Peterstown, WV)
On Tuesday, May 16, 6:30-8:30, a meeting to address Mountain Valley Pipeline easements and related issues will be held in Peterstown, WV, Monroe County, at “Market Street & Co.” (directions below). Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for sign-in and light refreshments so we can start promptly at 6:30. We invite everyone interested, across county and state borders, to join us!
Landowners have been feeling pressured by MVP to sign “easement contracts” giving MVP a right of way for the pipeline and for access roads. If MVP can convince landowners to sign easements before FERC makes a decision, MVP can make the claim that most landowners “support” the pipeline.
However, the Mountain Valley Pipeline has still not been approved, and there is no decision likely before mid-late September!
Regional lawyers who have looked at the easement contracts have warned that these offers are generally NOT in the best interests of the landowner, and there is no need to sign anything at this time. Save Monroe and other groups are advising affected landowners to attend this meeting BEFORE making any decisions about signing easements.
Attorneys will provide information about easements, eminent domain, and adding protections to the contract BEORE you sign—as well as updates on the FERC process and legal challenges to the pipeline. There will be time for questions and answers. Also addressed will be offers MVP has been making to conduct water testing along the route.
This meeting is for affected landowners and members of the community who are concerned about the 42-inch MVP and other possible pipelines through Monroe, Summers, and nearby counties. If the MVP goes through, it will likely open the door for more pipelines along the same or similar routes.
Our region could become a target zone. The Forest Service has proposed a change that would establish a 500-foot wide “Utility Corridor” at the Peters Mountain crossing. This would open it up for multiple interstate gas pipelines, powerlines or other utilities.
All of these corporate-driven projects would claim eminent domain to take private property and would put critical water resources and public safety at risk. They would degrade and destroy irreplaceable historical and cultural features and forever scar the amazing landscape that makes this region unique.
Co-sponsored by Save Monroe, Summers County Residents Against the Pipeline (SCRAP), and the West Virginia/Virginia cross-county organization POWHR – Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights (www.powhr.org).
This is one of several landowner meetings organized through POWHR and local groups in Virginia and West Virginia where attorneys have generously shared their time and expertise. Please spread the word, and join us.
ADDRESS, DIRECTIONS, PARKING:
“Market Street & Co.” building, 17 Market Street, Peterstown, WV 24963
This is an historic 2-story red brick building located between the intersection of US-219 & WV-12 and the Rich Creek bridge on the Monroe/Giles County line.
FROM THE NORTH and EAST:
(From Lewisburg) South on US-219.
(From Alderson/Hinton) South on WV-12 to Peterstown.
Market Street & Co. is on the right, just beyond the Peterstown Post Office.
FROM THE SOUTH and WEST:
US-460 to Rich Creek exit.
US-219 North to Peterstown (about 1.7 miles)
Market Street & Co. is on the left, just past a business called E.R.S.A.
Parking. On street parking is limited. A nearby parking lot is located at the intersection of US-219/WV-12, about a block away from the Market Street & Co. building.
For questions or more information, please contact: SaveMonroeWV@gmail.com