Officials from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project hosted an open house at the Mountain View Event Center in Upshur County.
The 600 mile underground pipe will start in West Virginia and travel to the East Coast. The project is projected to bring 3,000 jobs during construction, and pay 11 million in property taxes during the first year.
The open house was packed, with over 200 community members meeting with unions to talk about job and training opportunities. The company prides itself on community involvement and has already made various changes from the original plan to meet community concerns.
Subject matter experts also answered questions on construction activities, safety measures and environmental concerns. Dominion Energy, parent company of the pipeline, has been committed to best-in-class standards for environmental protections.
Samantha Norris, communication specialist for Dominion, was excited about the turn out.
“Today has been full of a lot of excitement, people are ready to go to work for this project, they’ve been hearing about it for the past year. We will be apart of this community in a way that has a great lasting relationship of environmental stewardship and safety,” said Norris.
The company hopes to start construction within the next months, visit their website to learn more https://atlanticcoastpipeline.com/default.aspx.