Locals and Pipeline Workers Break Bread in Hocking County, OH

Here’s a story you won’t read in mainstream news outlets–because it doesn’t fit the media’s anti-fossil fuel narrative that all pipelines are evil, and the people installing them are either misguided, or perhaps evil too. TransCanada’s Leach XPress pipeline project involves construction of approximately 160 miles of new “greenfield” natural gas pipeline and compression facilities in southeastern Ohio and West Virginia’s northern panhandle, flowing 1.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of gas all the way to Leach, Kentucky (hence the name). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Leach XPress and a companion project, Rayne XPress, in January of this year (see FERC Approves $1.8B Leach & Rayne XPress Pipeline Projects). Construction began in March. One of the locations where the pipeline is actively under construction is Hocking County, in southeast Ohio. A local resident reached out to the pipeline crew working in the area, inviting them to church. Two of the crew members took him up on his offer. After that, the crew foreman invited the entire church to a pizza party with the workers–and they came. Some of the church members brought along homemade soup to share with the workers–and new friendships were forged as they got to know each other over a share meal. Hispanic, African Americans, Caucasians–all together, all having a great time. No talk about the evils of pipelines. Adults behaving like adults. What a breath of fresh air! It all started by inviting the local crew to church…

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