Rob Richard, an organizer for the West Virginia Appalachian Laborers’ District Council, voiced support for the proposed Rover Pipeline in a recent opinion piece published in the Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register. Richard—who spoke in favor of the project during at a public comment meeting held by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Paden City last month—emphasized Rover’s commitment to both the community and the environment:
A number of supporters were in attendance in Paden City to reiterate the thoroughness of Rover’s environmental impact planning. These men and women represented a diverse set of backgrounds, from the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia to skilled workers and even a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. This broad support stands as yet another indication of the many positive impacts that Rover Pipeline will create across a range of interests in the area.
Richard went on to highlight the unmatched skillsets of the labor groups set to build this important piece of energy infrastructure:
…these groups are recognized across the nation for their capabilities and dedication to their work. LiUNA represents over half a million construction workers across the country. We hold our members to the highest standards, ensuring that highly skilled, highly trained workers are constructing our nation’s infrastructure projects. With regard to the Rover Pipeline, LiUNA members will work alongside a number of other union craftsmen to put into action the comprehensive plans that this project has drawn together.
Furthermore, Richard also noted the local economic benefits of the project, creation of much needed employment opportunities, and ultimately, long-term access to affordable natural gas.
Read Richard’s full opinion piece here.