Sup­port Do­min­ion’s pipe­line plans

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Re­gard­ing the May 21 Lo­cal Opin­ions es­say “Why is Do­min­ion sud­denly toxic in Vir­ginia pol­i­tics?”:

Many Vir­gini­ans, in­clud­ing union mem­bers such as me, sup­port Do­min­ion En­ergy’s pro­posed At­lantic Coast Pipe­line. Or­ga­nized la­bor sup­ports the pipe­line be­cause it would cre­ate thou­sands of liv­ing-wage jobs for skilled crafts­men. The work­ing class is still re­cov­er­ing from the re­ces­sion. I’ll take jobs at re­new­ableen­ergy projects, too, but we need all the jobs we can get. This and sim­i­lar projects sup­port en­ergy in­de­pen­dence — and that saves us all money. The pipe­line will trans­port nat­u­ral gas pro­duced in Penn­syl­va­nia, Ohio and West Vir­ginia, not over­seas.

Union mem­bers care about the en­vi­ron­ment, too. If we need to move away from coal, then we need ev­ery other en­ergy source we’ve got. We all know gas is cleaner than coal, and the best way to get the gas to those power plants is by build­ing pipe­lines.

Ja­son Tol­bert, Ship­man, Va.

Do­min­ion En­ergy gets at­tacked for the rad­i­cal act of build­ing a gas pipe­line and for clos­ing its coal ash ponds. I re­mem­ber sim­i­lar crit­ics op­pos­ing nu­clear plants in the 1970s and coal plants in the 1960s. It is part of the price of build­ing new en­ergy projects; there is al­ways op­po­si­tion.

Do­min­ion keeps prices low, which is im­por­tant for re­tirees such as me. It has a strong en­vi­ron­men­tal record, and that is im­por­tant for all of us.

Rachel San­ders, Centreville

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