Hampton Roads Caucus calls on Warner, Kaine to support pipeline

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RICHMOND, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Almost three dozen state legislators are hoping to convince U.S. senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine to support the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Members of the Hampton Roads Caucus sent the senators a letter saying the caucus strongly supports the proposed pipeline and the need for it is "urgent."

"Without new infrastructure, there is no way to meet our region's rising demand for natural gas," wrote the caucus. "And without new infrastructure, the abundant, economical supplies of natural gas being produced just a few hundred miles away will remain virtually inaccessible for our communities, crippling our prospects for economic growth."

In the letter, the caucus states the area's pipeline infrastructure is operating at capacity and can have problems in times of high demand, like the winter of 2014 when there were increases in natural gas commodity prices due to demand.

"With the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in place, Hampton Roads would have unprecedented access to natural gas, and the possibility of supply constraints, service interruptions and price spikes would be greatly reduced," wrote the caucus.

The caucus writes needs the pipeline in order to attract new industry and business to the area where federal spending is declining, especially with regards to the military spending in the region.

The letter, signed by 33 members of the Virginia General Assembly, also discusses energy costs for families and environmental impacts for the area.

The pipeline would stretch from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina, with a branch heading toward the Hampton Roads area.

Dominion Resources is working with several other energy companies on the project.

To read the full letter, click on the document alongside this story.

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