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cover story The three pipelines are: Mountain Valley Pipeline, a 300-mile, $3.2The billion transmission line connecting a terminal in Wetzel County, W.Va., with a compressor station in Pittsylvania County. The companies involved are majority partner EQT, an Appalachian natural-gas production and transmission company that operates in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas, and NextEraEnergy, an energy company with generation assets in 26 states.

The Appalachian Connector pipeline, formerly known as the Western Marcellus line, would be operated by Williams Partners LP, which owns the Pittsylvania compressor station, as part of the nearly 1,800mile Transco natural-gas pipeline. It runs from South Texas through Virginia to New York City and delivers 10 percent of the nation’s natural gas. The Appalachian Connector pipeline would connect a Williams distribution facility in West Virginia with the Transco line. The company estimates it will stretch around 300 miles, but it hasn’t yet finalized the route or released a cost projection. N rfo Norf No Norfo r folk fol ok olk Virginia B Be eaach e

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a proposed 550-mile, $5 billion line backed by four companies, including Richmondbased Dominion Resources Inc. and North Carolina-based Duke Energy, running from Harrison County, W.Va., through Virginia into North Carolina, with an additional spur running east to Hampton Roads.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Appalachian Connector pipeline Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Graphic by Adrienne R. Watson

The influx of proposals, each with different ownership and planned routes, already has triggered a flurry of opposition from residents in counties along proposed routes. When EQT held an open house ROANOKE BUSINESS


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