Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Signs of MVP

The Mountain Valley Pipeline folks aren't supposed to be doing any actual pipeline work until some things are settled, but they're using their time and equipment to put up signs in the area. I guess they want to be ready.

Here's the sign that we had a kerfuffle about earlier today. It will say "road work" when it is opened.

 The picture below is the corner of my property, which ends past the bushes on the right. In the distance you can see the next signs in the series (there are four total) that warn of "one lane," "flagman," etc.

My husband drove me "around the block" this evening to see what they'd done beyond our property. Just down from us is what used to be a dairy farm. The pipeline will cut through this property. The signs are on the other side of the road to warn the few folks who live down that way of "road work," etc. as if they couldn't already see it.

Because the pipeline will cross Bar Ridge Road (the next road over from us and where our Polecat Creek is located, we drove us to see what the pipeline folks had been doing. They put up the series of foldable signs before the crossing.

Here's where the pipeline will cross Bar Ridge Road and head toward us. Way in the distance, you can see a blue porta-pottie near one of the big power lines. That's beside the former dairy farm on our road. What you can't see from either road is where the pipeline will cross Dinner Creek, but the creek is at the lowest part of this picture.

They want everyone to know that what they're doing is fine with VDOT.

Here's some of the equipment and the portable signs that they'd previously used. The flags to the left mark power lines to the house. . . 

. . . which is within spitting distance of the powerline route. The woman who lives there is elderly and had a stroke a few years ago.

The pipeline will be close to the big power lines. If there's ever an explosion, it will be truly spectacular. You can see some kind of equipment to the left.

A closer shot of Jack's Mountain. The quarry there has provided a lot of gravel for the pipeline project. Again, you can see the pottie on my road.

They didn't finish adding the signs on the north end of Bar Ridge. I guess the hard rain and much thunder that we had this afternoon might have discouraged them. 

In upcoming blog-posts, I'll try to document other things I see.

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