Pipeline community forum held in Augusta County

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- People for and against the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline met at a community gathering hosted by Dominion Resources in Churchville Tuesday night.

Willis Cutchin, a local pipeline supporter, said, "I would support it whether it's in my property or out of it. It doesn't matter, because I understand the need."

As anti-pipeline groups protested outside the school, Cutchin said he lived with a gas pipeline in front of his house for 20 years without any trouble.

"I just believe they just don't know what it really is like, because they've never lived next to one. A lot of people don't realize there are hundreds of miles in this area already," said Cutchin.

One of the protesters was Becci Harmon. She said the new route comes directly through her property and would force her to move her septic tank during construction.

She said, "We'll have a port o potty in our yard. We'll have no restroom facilities, because we won't have the drain-field or a septic tank. There's nowhere to put one."

Dominion spokesman Aaron Ruby said the pipeline will bring jobs, tax dollars, and lower utility costs to the area.

His message for those directly affected: "Construction is messy, but it's temporary. After a few months and once the land has been reclaimed and restored back to its original condition life goes back to normal."

While Dominion said the pipeline won't affect property values, Harmon has major concerns.

"They can say all they want that there's no devalue, but it's gone, our house will be worth nothing," Harmon shared.

Dominion said the pipeline is necessary to serve energy needs in the Commonwealth.

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