Statement from Ron Tipton, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
“This poorly-planned pipeline will hurt the local economy, pollute central Virginia’s clean drinking water supply and scar the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Central Virginia does not need another pipeline to fulfill America’s energy needs, particularly one that violates local environmental laws and is strongly opposed by local elected officials and citizen groups.”
Background on the Mountain Valley Pipeline
The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is a proposed 300-mile-long 42-inch diameter natural gas transmission pipeline between Wetzel, West Virginia (Marcellus and Utica production regions) and Pittsylvania County, Virginia. To learn more about MVP and its effects on the Appalachian region, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/MVP.
About the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)
A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. Designated by Congress in 1968 as a National Scenic Trail, the A.T. provides over 3 million individuals each year with the opportunity to reconnect with nature and enjoy the scenery and culture of the Appalachian Mountains. The lands surrounding the Trail provide thousands of Americans with fresh drinking water sources and provide millions of dollars each year to the recreation and tourism economies of surrounding communities. The ATC’s mission is to preserve and manage the A.T. – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. To become a member, volunteer or learn more, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.