Gas pipeline set to be built through Morgan, Jefferson and Berkeley counties

Proposed 25 miles that will run underneath Back Creek

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. - Mountaineer Gas Company, based out of Charleston is in the beginning stages of building a gas pipeline that will run from Morgan County straight through to Berkeley County.

The pipeline is a proposed 25 miles that will run underneath back creek.

"I was shocked, surprised, a little angry," President of Blue Heron Environmental, Sherry Evasic, said.

It is all because of a proposed gas pipeline set to be built through three counties in West Virginia: Morgan, Jefferson and Berkeley.

Berkeley County Council Member, Elaine Mauck, said, "There needs to be more details and safety."

Back Creek is the last clean running stream left in Berkeley County--and only one of two left in the entire state of West Virginia.

The plan proposed by Mountaineer Gas would require the company to drill into the bed rock, which could disrupt its current state.

"It's not just a case of boring under the creek. You're going to have to blast because it's a rock slab in that area" Mauck said.

"We've been working for the past five years with some of our state agencies on a protection plan for back creek," Evasic said.

Some residents that live alongside parts of the creek feel uneasy about what this could mean for their area.

The West Virginia Public Service Commission also has concern with the fact that mountaineer gas refuses to release documents for the pipeline.

"Yes, we need the gas, but we need to be prudent and safe as far as working with our environment," Mauck said.

WHAG reached out to Mountaineer Gas but was unable to get a response for a comment.

As of now, the communities have not been informed or potential customers or documentation of the project.

The project is still in the preliminary stages.


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