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Many protesters came to the TransCananda open house to voice their disapproval of the pipeline

February 11th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

TransCanada, a company that is proposing on building a gas pipeline that will cut under the Potomac River, came to Hancock this week to give an open house to people in the community. More than 100 people showed up to voice their disapproval of that pipeline.

The company is proposing on building a pipeline that will hook up with the proposed gas pipeline from Mountaineer Gas. The project will go from Pennsylvania to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. TransCanada representatives were on hand to give information about their proposed project and to receive input from the community.

“The ultimate goal is to take feedback from the company, work with our subject matter experts that are here today and create the most intelligent, minimally impactful  project that we can, said Angela Braun,” with the community relations and outreach team at TransCanada.

As the evening went on, the night turned into a quiet protest, as people stood in silence in unison. The protesters also sang “Down to the River to Pray.” 

“TransCanada held an open house and they wanted to hear from the community and they did tonight ands the vast majority of people who came here tonight from the area are opposed to it, so we sent a clear message tonight that this is the wrong place and wrong time for this pipeline,” said Russell Mokhiber, a protester who came to the open house.

Mokhiber is apart of the Eastern Panhandle Protectors. He believes TransCanda has a poor reputation and that the project needs to be investigated more.

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