Dominion Pipeline discussion at July 1st Pocahontas county commission meeting

On Tuesday, July 1st, the Pocahontas county commission meeting will include a presentations on the possible construction of a natural gas pipeline.

At 8:45am,  County attorney Robert Martin will discuss the certification of a petition, publication and postings for a Snowshoe Resort Area District [RAD].

At 9:15am, the commission will discuss the possibility of a substance abuse policy and random drug testing in the county.

At 9:30am,  Lauren Ragland of the WV Wilderness Lovers vs Proposed Pipeline will respond to the possible construction of a natural gas pipeline in northern Pocahontas county.  Proposed by Dominion Resources, the pipeline would travel 450 miles, from the Utica and Marcellus shale gas production region in West Virginia across Virginia and down to North Carolina.  Several miles of this  pipeline would run through northern Pocahontas county.   The proposed pipeline would be 42” in diameter, with compression stations every 10-40 miles to push the natural gas over the mountains. 

At 9:45, Ed Wade, Jr. of the Wetzel County Action Group will also speak on the topic of the natural gas pipeline proposal.  Wade will share eye witness accounts of life with pipeline construction, including blasting, drilling, explosions, landslides, traffic accidents, pipeline leaks, and evacuations.   For photographs and videos from the Wetzel County Action Group, visit

  • Other agenda items  include:
  • Removal and remediation of the East Fork Industrial Park storage tank.
  • A petition request opposing the proposed rate increase for Monongahela Power company and Potomac Edison company customers
  • A contribution request to help offset costs for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s broadband summit

The Pocahontas county commission meets Tuesday, July 1st at 8:30am at the courthouse in Marlinton, WV.

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