As you know, Spectra Energy of Houston has announced plans for a 36″ transmission pipeline, pushing up to 1.1 Bcf/d of fracked gas under high-pressure through the Virginia Piedmont, impacting Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison, Orange and Albemarle counties on its 427-mile route from the Marcellus Shale gas fields in West Virginia to a Duke Energy facility in North Carolina.

The issues are numerous and complex. Rural Madison respectfully encourages citizens (whether you are in favor of the pipeline or not) to call upon the Board of Supervisors to convene a public hearing with Spectra BEFORE the FERC application is filed.