Union sends Virginia senators letters supporting pipeline

LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) — A laborers union has sent hundreds of letters of support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Virginia’s senators.

The mid-Atlantic region of the Laborers’ International Union of North America delivered nearly 1,600 letters from workers to U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner last week. It’s the latest demonstration of union support for the project, which would carry natural gas across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

A statement from the union says the pipeline would be “the biggest job-creating project” in Virginia in years.

The Nelson County Times reports that more than 700 of the letters are from Virginia residents.

The letters were also submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC is deciding whether to approve the project, which has faced criticism from environmental groups.


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