New poll released say majority of Virginians support Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has become a major issue for some Virginians. Dominion Power believes that it will provide clean burning natural gas supplies in Virginia and North Carolina, but Friends of Nelson County says it's a waste of time.

"We know it's not necessary. We know that its not in anyone's best interest in Virginia, and we know it shouldn't be built." said Ernie Reed, President of Friends of Nelson County.

A new poll released Wednesday from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce says that the overwhelming majority of Virginians support the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. 55 percent support it, 29 percent are opposed and 16 percent are unsure.

"The poll really misrepresents the Atlantic Coast Pipeline," said Reed. "There are no citizens of Virginia that will have the opportunity to use this gas, or have any benefit from it, and there's only one business that has access to this gas and that's Dominion themselves."

Aaron Ruby, a spokesperson for Dominion, was pleased with the poll results, saying, "If this were an election, it would be a landslide. Virginians understand that natural gas is a cleaner alternative to coal and that this pipeline will help us improve our environment."

The poll also covered a range of other topics, and was conducted by the Tarrance Group, which is a Republican research and polling firm in Alexandria.

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