Support Dominion’s pipeline plans
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