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 Friday, December 19, 2014
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

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Open house on pipeline a good move

Judging by the response, the open house held at the Harvester Performance Center on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline Tuesday evening was a success. The natural gas pipeline has, as expected, created controversy, with many residents, especially property owners affected by the line, seeking answers.

The companies involved in the project, Pittsburgh-based EQT Midstream Partners and Florida-based NextEra US Gas Assets, set up "stations" on the lower floors, manned by people who were ready to provide information and answer questions. They were, without exception, friendly and unassuming.

We understand the companies want positive public relations. After all, some residents were across the street protesting the pipeline, which they, of course, have the right to do. In fact, protests over the pipeline have been numerous in other affected counties.

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Harvester is also a venue for civic events

The Harvester Performance Center, as we all know, has seen a great first year. Concerts have created brisk ticket sales, praise for the center has been high for fans and musicians alike, and more visitors have helped boost the business climate.

Although the Harvester was primarily built as a performance venue, another use is becoming very apparent -- a venue for civic functions.

That was clear Tuesday night at the Mountain Valley Pipeline open house at the Harvester. It was held on the lower floor, and it proved to be a perfect fit. There is ample room, the decor is pleasant and inviting, and very nice restrooms and kitchen are included, along with access to tables and chairs.

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