Nelson 151 Worried Proposed Pipeline Will Hurt Local Businesses

NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -Businesses along Nelson County's Route 151 corridor are coming out against Dominion Resource's proposed natural gas pipeline project. 

Nelson 151 includes seven wineries, three breweries, a cidery, and a distillery in the county's expanding agriculture-based tourism industry. In total, they employ about 400 people and account for millions of dollars' worth of investments for the county.

The board for Nelson 151 is sending a resolution to county supervisors, Dominion, and federal regulators. That resolution states the group's opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through Nelson County. The businesses are worried the proposed natural gas pipeline will destroy their mountain views, contaminate water, and keep tourists away.

Bold Rock Hard Cider owner John Washburn says he invested $10 million for the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “We've even trademarked the line, ‘Come drink in the scenery.'”

“It's a value. It's a value to have these views and to have this natural beauty. Ultimately, we have to protect that it. And we have to make sure we don't lose that value,” said Nelson 151 Board Chairman George Hodson. 

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