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State Groups Take Part in Anti-Pipeline Summit


Dozens of organizations opposed to two multibillion dollar natural pipelines proposed in Virginia and West Virginia are coming together for a summit.

The gathering Saturday in Weyers Cave brings together the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance and Protect our Water Heritage Rights, or POWHR. The alliance represents nearly 50 members opposed to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, while the POWHR represents organizations in 11 Virginia and West Virginia counties. The group is united against the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

The proposed pipelines would snake through hundreds of rural locations to deliver fracked natural gas to the Southeast. One of the speakers Saturday will be the founder of a group that led the fight against the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The pipelines have strong bipartisan support in both states.