A community meeting about the proposed Mountaineer Gas pipeline has been set for Friday September 30 at 7 pm at the Board of Education in Berkeley Springs.
Resistance to the proposed pipeline has been growing across the Eastern Panhandle.
Local farmers have raised red flags about the bullying manner that Mountaineer Gas operatives have approached them to negotiate rights of way through their property.
Berkeley County Commissioner Elaine Mauck is also concerned about the gruff manner that Mountaineer Gas has been treating local residents and about threats to Back Creek and to the environment.
“Back Creek is one of two clean streams in West Virginia,” Mauck wrote. “The Mountaineer Gas people have not contacted anyone from the Berkeley County Planning or Engineering. The company’s behavior toward the citizens is inexcusable — telling them that they will get a right of way by eminent domain with or without their permission.”
“Is Mountaineer Gas going to provide the millions it will take to clean up this mess when damaged?” she asked.
Mauck asked that the Public Service Commission not approve the proposed line.
After Mauck’s comments were reported, Mountaineer Gas sent a representative to meet with her last week.
The Board of Education is at 247 Harrison Avenue in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.