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Friends of Nelson Joins Businesses Calling for Closer Look at Pipelines

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NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A group of Nelson County businesses are calling on the federal government to take a closer look at several proposed natural gas pipelines.

Federal regulators are considering more than 1,000 miles in pipelines that would cross the state.

The group Friends of Nelson is joining forces with a list of 45 small businesses who say the commission needs to not just look at the possible pipelines one-by-one.

"When the federal government builds the interstate highway system, they look at the entire highway system, they don't look at 30 miles, 50 miles, 70 miles of it and look at them all separately. They look at them all together and they devise a big game plan for all of them. Well, there's nothing in place for the federal government to do that with pipelines," said Ernie Reed of Friends of Nelson.

Several lawmakers are also calling on regulators to take a comprehensive look at all the plans.  The lawmakers includes Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Robert Hurt, as well as United States Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.

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