Opponents of the proposed pipeline to run through Roanoke County, per usual, are acting like Chicken Little: One pipeline is going to make the sky fall.

Natural gas pipelines have been a part of Roanoke and Southwest Virginia for decades. The first pipeline to reach our area was the 30-mile Roanoke Pipe Line Co. connection from Gala that opened on Aug. 26, 1950.

Montgomery and Roanoke counties are already home to a major gas transmission line that transports 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day from the Gulf Coast. That line runs through populated areas and neighborhoods and people living right next to it probably have no idea that it exists.

The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline will have a positive economic impact on the economy of Southwest Virginia. American Energy=Jobs, plain and simple.

MATT HALL

ROANOKE