From farmers to small businesses owners, more than a dozen people came out for the Hands Across Our Land event in Monroe County on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Organizers said this was all in an effort to prevent their land from being taken over by the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The pipeline would stretch about 300 miles from Northwestern West Virginia to Pittsylvania County in Virginia.
Monroe County resident Nick Sabia said, "This was a beautiful place pristine, quiet, tranquil and the pipeline is going to destroy all that. It's going to come through our valley It's going to disrupt our way of life, our peace and quiet."
11 counties would be affected by the pipeline.
Officials with the pipeline said it would to generate about 4,000 jobs during the two year construction phase. Another way officials at Mountain Valley Pipeline said Monroe County will benefit from the pipeline is through income. Mountain Valley would pay around 1.7 million dollars in annual property taxes. Mary Feury said, "I am totally against the pipeline coming across Monroe County. I fear for the safety of the water, the safety of the land, the safety of the people that live here. I feel that it's important to say to MVP that they need to back off because they're not going to come through Monroe County. We can make a difference by standing up and saying no. "
59News reached out to MVP about the event but our calls were not immediately returned.
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