The Threat To Giles County

"Our natural heritage, endangered species, aquifers (the primary source of our farm and residential water), safety from catastrophe like the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, peace of mind, property values and property rights are all at risk." -Rick Shingles, PGC Coordinator.

Read more at: The Peoples Climate March is Red, White, and Blue.

Congratulations to the winners of our drawing prizes!

First Prize (Bear Foot Cabin Retreat): Brian Murphy
Second Prize (Advantage Ranch Horse Camp): Don Jones
Third Prize (Snow Ridge, Brush Mountain painting): Becky Farnham

Thank you to all who contributed to our fundraiser and to the purveyors of our great prizes.

Larry Keel Experience to Play Newport Rec Center Benefit Concert for PGC

With Special Guests Blue Mule

Tickets available at: Brown Paper Tickets


The Kastning Report focuses on the Central Appalachian Region and specifically on geological hazards along the segment of MVP’s current preferred route from Monroe County, West Virginia to Roanoke County, Virginia - all of which are part of a geologic region of ridges and valleys in karst terrain. For the most part it does not address alternative routes; nor does it attempt to treat all impacted counties thoroughly or equally.  On the basis of detailed facts, published (and unpublished) research and sound logic, it concludes that the entire region should be a “No Build” zone.

(Full report will be available in PDF from the link below.)

Geologic Hazards in the Karst Regions of Virginia and West Virginia, Investigations and Analysis Concerning the Proposed Mountain Valley Gas Pipeline by Dr. Ernst Kastning, Ph.D., P.G.


Mountain Valley Pipeline Would Impose $Billions in Costs on Local People, Communities, According to New Research


Land value, natural benefits, and economic development will suffer short- and long- term losses


A new study by Charlottesville-based Key-Log Economics (“Economic Costs of the Mountain Valley Pipeline: Effects on Property Value, Ecosystem Services, and Economic Development in Virginia and West Virginia”) estimates the total cost to an eight-county region in southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia to $8.0 to $8.9 billion, in present value terms. That includes between $65.1 and $135.5 million in the short term as construction strips forest and other productive land bear, and as private property values take a hit due to the dangers and inconvenience of living near the MVP route.  It also includes $119.1 to $130.8 million each and every year after construction due to permanent changes in land cover, lost property tax revenues, and dampened economic growth in key sectors. 

A coalition of community groups and organizations from the eight counties (Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers in West Virginia, and Giles, Craig, Montgomery, Roanoke and Franklin in Virginia) commissioned the independent research to ensure that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) would have more comprehensive and robust estimates of economic effects that are typically discounted or ignored in pipeline approval processes. The coalition had previously debunked exaggerated claims that the MVP would provide benefits in the form of jobs and income in the region, and its new report provides at least a piece of the essential cost side of the benefit-cost evaluation.

“FERC’s procedures and its track record show a blatant disregard for established economic principles as well as clear evidence that pipelines reduce property values, discourage business development, and diminish the capacity of the natural environment to provide clean water, beautiful scenery, and other valuable services to people,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Spencer Phillips.


Central findings of the Key-Log Economics report are that:

       One-time costs (lost property value and lost ecosystem service value during construction) would total in the range of $65.1 to $135.5 million.

       Annual costs (costs that recur year after year) would range from $119.1 to $130.8 million.

       Present discounted value of all future annual costs (discounted at 1.5%): $7.9 to $8.7 billion.

       One-time costs plus the discounted value of all future annual costs: $8.0 to $8.9 billion.

       Purported financial benefits to local governments are based on exaggerated MVP economic benefits claims.

       The need for the Mountain Valley Pipeline is not supported by economic benefits for impacted communities.


“Only if we count all of these costs (plus others our study did not get to, like the cost of damage to roads during construction or of heightened emergency response capacity after), weigh the full cost against reasonable estimates of societal benefits, and then ensure that the pipeline’s owners pay the full of the pipeline, could we possibly say that the MVP is a good idea, economically,” said Phillips.


Kirk Bowers of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club adds that “Based on a comparison of even the exaggerated benefit estimates put out by the MVP’s backers with these very conservative cost estimates, it is hard to see this pipeline being worth it for the region.”


Read the complete Key-Log Economics report.


This May 15-21, students from all across Virginia will be driving along the proposed route of the pipeline to see the effects of natural gas infrastructure first hand and to get to know the people it will be impacting.

Join us Tuesday May 17th as we welcome the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition to Newport for a rally and community potluck dinner. Dinner will start at 6:00. Please arrive at 4:00 PM to show support and bring a dish to share! FB event:


US FOREST SERVICE RESPONDS TO MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE PROJECT  - DOWNLOAD AND READ the document from the USFS containing comments on the MVP's resource reports.

PGC FUNDRAISER - on Friday, November 13, the Giles Little Theater presents their production of the Pulitzer Prize Winning play Trifles by Susan Glaspell. This show will be a special benefit performance for Preserve Giles County:

You can now MAKE A DONATION to Preserve Giles County online.

Reason For Caution: Mountain Valley Pipeline Economic Studies Overestimates Benefits, Downplays Costs by Spencer Phillips, PhD, Key-Log Economics (also see OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE DOCUMENT).

READ Preserve Giles' leader Rick Shingles' commentary, 'A False Choice For Virginia,' publishing in the Sunday 10/4 edition of the Roanoke Times.

READ Mountain Valley Pipeline's economic benefits study flawed, opponents say' by Duncan Adams, published in the Roanoke Times Tuesday, 10/6.


Letter To Landowners

Code Of Virginia 56-49.01 - Natural gas companies; right of entry upon property.

Redacted Lawsuit - Giles County Complaint 6-17-2015

READ Preserve Giles member Paul Washburn's comments to FERC about the MVP's adverse effects on Giles County water resources  ... also, the companion Environmental Impact Study can be accessed HERE.

READ Greater Newport Rural Historic District Committee's comments to FERC about the proposed pipeline route.

THERE IS NOTHING NATURAL NOR CLEAN ABOUT FRACKED GAS -  read this Roanoke Times commentary by Preserve Giles Chairman Richard Shingles on the RT Website or download the PDF.

MVP Project Update - click to read the report filed on March 27. 


The Opposition tot he Mountain Valley Pipeline Rally held Saturday, March 21st at Noon at the Corner of North Main Street and College Avenue was a great success! Students and community members of the Blacksburg and New River Valley area came together in resistance to this project which threatens the health and integrity of our social and environmental well-being. Special thanks to Pete French for having us on the radio that morning to talk about the rally and the pipeline issues.

Sponsored by the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, New River Valley Sierra Club, Preserve the NRV, Preserve Montgomery County, Preserve Giles County, Virginians for Equality and Sensible Laws, Organizing for Action, Mothers Against Pipelines, and the Environmental Coalition at VT.

FERC LETTER WRITING GUIDELINES AND RESOURCES - DOWNLOAD a quick how-to guide for writing effective letters to FERC. Also visit the 'Want To Know More?' area of the site to learn more about gas pipelines, fracking, and the danger it represents for Giles County, Virginia, the United States and the Earth.

IT'S A BIG DEAL!!: Read the Feb. 2, 2015 Roanoke Times Geller-Shingles commentary 'It's A Big Deal.' This article contains reasoned responses to the mistaken claims of the MVP's benign nature.

MARCH 8 FUNDRAISER FEATURING SARAH GUTHRIE AND JOHNNY IRION!!!! Our fundraiser at the Newport Recreation Center was a huge success!! It was a great evening of community and coming together, and we are honored to have the Woody Guthrie legacy of social justice on our side. Stay tuned for more upcoming events including film screenings, concerts, information sessions and letter writing workshops, this spring.


Check out the Pipeline Video Series produced by Lucid Media. The series documents our fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Check out the trailer below and VIEW ALL EPISODES ONLINE!

Pipeline VIdeo Series

PRESERVE GILES COUNTY MISSION STATEMENT: Preserve Giles County is a citizens group organized to oppose interstate gas pipelines, and the hydraulic fracturing they sustain, and to preserve our natural heritage and the way of life it provides. We exist to empower citizens of our county, consistent with the principles of environmental democracy. We commit ourselves to pursue these goals by utilizing non-violent direct action, working with elected officials, and in coalition with other communities and environmental defense organizations.

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