Poll finds majority of Virginians support ACP

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RICHMOND, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A recent poll conducted by Consumer Energy Alliance says a majority of people in Virginia support the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The poll says 54 percent of Virginians favor the pipeline project, and men are much more likely to support it than women with 65 percent of men supporting it compared to 45 percent of women.

Thirty-one percent of Virginians oppose the project and another 14 percent had no opinion on it.

A spokesman for the pipeline says the survey confirms what Dominion Energy has been hearing about the project.

"The Consumer Energy Alliance poll released this morning once again confirms that the overwhelming majority of West Virginians, Virginians and North Carolinians support the Atlantic Coast Pipeline," wrote Aaron Ruby of Dominion Energy in a statement. "While a small minority of opponents has received disproportionate attention, the vast majority of people in the region want to see this pipeline built. Their voices deserve to be heard. They want a cleaner environment, lower energy bills and more economic opportunity. They want the tens of thousands of new jobs and new manufacturing industries the pipeline will bring to the region. They understand that it takes new infrastructure like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to make that possible. We're also encouraged by the support of more than 25 local governments, more than 250 business and labor organizations and the bipartisan leadership of all three state legislatures. We're grateful for their support, and they have our strongest commitment that we're going to protect the environment and safety of their communities."

However, the Sierra Club responded saying the poll cannot be trusted because it was commissioned by a group that represents the fossil fuel industry.

"This claim is dubious," wrote Kirk Bowers with the Sierra Club. "The underlying poll was performed by a pro-industry conservative polling company backed and paid for by the same corporate interests that are pushing for the pipeline."

Other issues looked at by the poll includes support for the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline, support for expanding offshore energy productions, and voters opposing coal power plants.

It also says 83 percent of Virginia voters say energy issues are very or somewhat important to their voting decisions, with substantially more voters saying they are likely to vote for a candidate who supports natural gas infrastructure projects.

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