ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- In a visit to the Charlottesville-Albemarle area, Congressman Robert met with elected official at his annual luncheon to give updates about happenings in Washington D.C. as well hear their voices about issues in their communities including the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
"it's an opportunity for us to hear from them in terms of things we can do, to make things easier, because at the end of the day we all serve the same people," said Hurt.
Making things easier is often times better said than done, with a number of issues on the table including the Dominion Pipeline, Hurt said he supports public exploration of our domestic energy resources. "I've always felt that we have a real opportunity in this country to use those to our benefit." he said. "But you have to do it in a way that protects private property, you have to do it in a way that protects the environment, you have to do it in a way that protects public safety."
The proposed pipeline effects residents in Nelson, Augusta and Buckingham counties. Resident in Nelson County have been largely opposed to the idea of the pipeline as it infringes on their personal property, but what about Buckingham?
Cassandra Stish, a member of the Buckingham Board of Supervisors said the pipeline might actually be a good idea, "It's not that we support fracking, it's not that we support pipelines, it's that we are hopeful for the opportunity to tap the gas, and utilize it for the first time in the history of the county, to actually have that kind of infrastructure to boost industry growth."
Stish said she firmly believes that in due time everyone will simply adapt to the pipeline, "I feel that right now there is a lot of fear of the unknown, and if it becomes a reality, it will no longer be unknown and the people will adapt, because if Americans are anything, they are adaptable."