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Feb 18, 1:12 PM EST

Pipeline firm involved with projects cited for violations


ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- A construction company hired to build a natural gas pipeline through parts of Virginia and West Virginia had previously worked on projects that were cited for environmental violations.

The Roanoke Times reported Saturday that Wisconsin firm Precision Pipeline played a role in projects where pipeline developers failed to comply with plans to control erosion, sediment and industrial waste. The companies for which Precision Pipeline worked were ultimately blamed.

The company is the primary contractor for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. It's involvement with the previous projects has raised concerns among opponents.

Repeated calls and emails to Precision Pipeline from The Roanoke Times were not returned.

Natalie Cox, a spokeswoman for the Mountain Valley project, said it's committed to protecting the environment and will "do this the right way."

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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