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Photos: Work resumes on the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Photos: Work resumes on the Mountain Valley Pipeline

As work gears up on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, construction crews in Roanoke and Franklin counties are confronting some of the steepest mountain slopes along its 303-mile path.

In early October — before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allowed work to resume — Roanoke County sent a letter to the commission expressing concerns about Mountain Valley’s “continuing inability to manage erosion and sediment impacts for the project.”

Assistant County Administrator Richard Caywood wrote that the problems could worsen as construction continues through the winter, when grass and other vegetation planted to control erosion is unlikely to take root.

FERC did not respond to the county’s Oct. 6 letter.

“It’s typically a one-way street with these types of things,” Caywood said Thursday.

—Laurence Hammack, The Roanoke Times

Heather Rousseau is a staff photographer with The Roanoke Times. She moved to Roanoke in 2015 and has worked around the country as a visual journalist for over 15 years. She loves to share stories through photography and video.

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