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About a week ago, we learned that a proposed natural gas pipeline route had been relocated to cross our county.  As best we can tell, just below our property following the easement that the power company has for heavy load transmission lines, does that make sense, to run a gas line under electrical lines?  This gas will be coming from fracking in West Virginia and transported across our county and several adjacent counties to one south and east of us.  This is clearly not something that we support and hope that at tonight’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting, there will be strong and vocal opposition.  In addition to the 40+” buried pipeline, there will be several pumping stations, the locations of which have not been decided or at least not revealed.  One of the counties that was on the original route were so adamantly opposed and raised valid enough opposition that the route was reconsidered.  The two counties that it is slated to pass through after our county have mounted opposition groups.

On my trip home on Tuesday, I passed through a county that is on a different proposed pipeline route and every property has opposition signs along the roadway and about 1/3 of the properties were for sale before property values plummet if the pipeline goes through their county.

We fear for our property value, but also for our groundwater and physical safety if the line does indeed go beneath the electrical lines.  Our county sits on limestone and is riddled with caves and sinkholes.  It is subject to rare, but recorded earthquakes.  If there were a breach in the pipeline due to a sinkhole or other disaster, it could ruin the groundwater on which this county relies as most residents get their water from springs or wells.

To add to this threat, we experienced another torrential rain two nights ago that made our state maintained gravel road look like it had been clawed out by a giant cat with gullies up to a foot deep traversing across it back and forth.  Mountaingdad has spoken with a VDOT representative on the road about the issue that the road swale tips in one direction then the other with no rain bars or culverts to direct the flow.  It tips toward our driveway about 20 feet up the hill and our culvert fills with gravel and mud from the road several times a year.  We have hand dug it out, had VDOT dig it out and now we are getting gravel building up on the downhill side of the culvert in our yard.  VDOT says they can’t do anything but regrade it with the same swale and won’t seem to consider adding culverts to direct the flow.  This is another battle we will have to again fight.

I did finish the never ending Socks On A Plane today.  They have been on the needles for at least a year.

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They have a lovely little cable down the outside edge of each foot that the yarn totally swallowed.  And to add insult to injury, they are too small for my foot, so I am going to have to find a new owner for them whose foot is smaller than an 8.

Last night at Knit Night, I ripped out the entire sleeve on the sweater I have been knitting as the armhole was so ginormous that I could put 4 of my upper arms in each one.  I have started them again following a decrease patter that has brought the sleeve size down to one that is still large, but might actually fit inside my winter coats. My sweater knitting has not been very good for the last year.  One I made for me was too small and found a new owner in a knitter friend.  This one is too large, but I don’t want to rip it all out, so if I can make the sleeves work, I will just wear it.

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