The New Castle Record

Supervisors to attend pipeline scoping

NEW CASTLE – Craig County Supervisors and members of Preserve Craig will travel to Montgomery County for a Mountain Valley Pipeline public scoping meeting Tuesday, May 5, at Eastern Montgomery High School.

The meeting is one of six to be held along the nearly 300-mile, 42-inch diameter natural gas line’s proposed route through Virginia and West Virginia. The other scoping in Virginia is set for Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at Chatham High School in Chatham.

Comments at scopings are to focus on the pipeline’s environmental impact, reasonable alternatives and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts on both the mapped route and alternative route. According to an informational packet from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), “the more specific your comments, the more useful they will be.”

Also according to FERC, Mountain Valley Pipeline representatives will be present one hour prior to the meetings to provide additional information about the project and answer questions. Likewise, citizens must sign up to speak, with registration opening one hour prior to the meetings at 6 p.m.

Each of the 7 p.m. meetings will begin with comments from FERC officials about the environmental review process, after which citizens who have signed up to speak will be called to take the floor. FERC advised that there might be a time limit of three minutes per speaker, depending on attendance. Each meeting will end once all speakers have made comments, or until FERC’s reserved time at the facility expires.

For anyone unable to attend a FERC scoping meeting, comments may also be mailed or sent electronically to FERC by June 16. Those comments may be filed electronically using the eComment feature on www.ferc.gov under the link to Documents and Filings.

Paper copies of comments may be mailed to:

Kimberly D. Bose, secretary

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

888 First St. NE, Room 1A

Washington, DC 20426

All comment submissions must reference the Mountain Valley Pipeline project docket number PF15-3-000. Those who submitted comments to FERC prior to the opening of the docket on Oct. 27, 2014 will need to re-file those comments in Docket No. PF15-3-000 to ensure they are considered as part of the proceeding. Any comments submitted after the establishment of a project docket do not need to be re-filed.

FERC’s future public meetings will be posted on its website calendar, and interested citizens wanting updates on all formal issuances and submittals by specific dockets are encouraged to obtain an eSubscription with FERC, which can be found at www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.

 

Supervisors approve tax rates

At its meeting last Wednesday, the Craig County Supervisors approved the following items on the FY 2015-16 budget:

  • Tax levy on personal property: $3 per $100
  • Tax levy on machinery and tools: $2.20 per $100
  • Tax levy on merchants capital: $3.50 per $100
  • Tax rate on real estate: 56 cents per $100

After their public hearings last Wednesday concerning the county budget, Craig County Supervisors deviated from financial discussions and agreed to attend the Eastern Montgomery High School scoping May 5, along with members of Preserve Craig. The board also encouraged concerned citizens to attend or submit comments to FERC by mail or online.

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