ROMNEY, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is gathering information on the details of a $4 billion natural gas line proposed last week by Spectra Energy of Houston.
Mara Boggs, from Manchin’s office, met with Rob Alsop, who is working on behalf of Spectra.
“The natural gas pipeline project would travel through West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia to its destination at Duke Energy in North Carolina,” Boggs said. “This project is four years away from completion, if approved, and still needs to go through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process.”
Manchin’s deputy of communications, Katie Longo, said the senator and his staff will continue to follow any developments with the project.
The 427-mile pipeline would begin in Bedford, Pa., at a compressor station, travel along U.S. Route 220, then come south into Allegany County just west of Flintstone.
The proposed pipeline would travel through Oldtown, then cross the river to Green Spring.
From Green Spring it would go east up the mountain to Levels and Points, somewhat parallel to Jersey Mountain Road.
It would travel in a southeasterly direction to state Route 29 south of Slanesville, then continue in a southwesterly manner to High View where it crosses into Frederick County, Va., and on to North Carolina.
Impact on orchards and farmland in the Levels and Points areas is minimal, sources said.
The estimated depth of the pipeline is 3 feet.
Although pasture and hay could grow over the pipeline, it is uncertain what kind of rights of way will be available.
One Pennsylvania farmer said there would be concern about weight restrictions, particularly because farm equipment is so heavy and also about the location of buildings.
The pipeline would cross Centerville, Pa., in the Evitts Creek Watershed, which feeds Lakes Koon and Gordon, the water supply to Cumberland.