Fight Continues to Install Last Piece of 200-Mile Pipe in VA Beach

We previously highlighted Virginia Natural Gas’ (VNG) “Southside Connector” project, a 9-mile pipeline from Norfolk, VA to Chesapeake, VA that VNG says will fill a gap between two main supply lines, essential to meet growing natural gas demand in the Chesapeake area. The final 2,000 feet of pipeline needs to be laid, but will run under a river and shipyard located on the bank of the river. The shipyard owner adamantly opposes the pipeline and has launched an all-out campaign to stop it (see The Fight to Install Last 9 Miles of 200-Mile Pipeline in VA Beach). The shipyard owner says there’s welding, torching, grinding–all sorts of work with sparks happening in his yard. He maintains it’s “crazy” to build a high-pressure natural gas pipeline under his operation with so many potential ignition sources should a leak occur. Is he right?

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