Like most other residents of Floyd County, Virginia, I feel a sense of concern and uncertainty over our near future. We face potential political and corporate violation to our home places in the form of a 42-inch interstate natural gas pipeline across the width of the county.
We confront the threatened “taking” of dozens of private farms, forests, pastures, creeks, roadways and wetlands previously unmarred by unnatural straight lines—utility easement scars that are all too familiar across the landscapes of more “developed” counties north and south of us along the proposed pipeline route.
Many other communities have accepted this defacement and threat as the cost of doing business. Floyd I don’t think will or should be so cavalier about such insults whose consequences we do not want to leave for our children’s children living here.
Floyd County has had, until now, a blessed absence of such incisions. Once cut, the next surgery—for the purported greater good—could very well follow the old scars. It has happened this way in other places.