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CBC will Convene Expert Natural Gas Pipeline Forum on March 9th

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The Cabell Brand Center will convene an expert forum to present and discuss an objective assessment of the proposed natural gas pipelines with particular focus on their economic and environmental impacts in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.

The expert pipeline forum is sponsored by Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition and VaSolarPro. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the forum is FREE to the public. However, seating is limited and and registration is required.

When: March 9, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Click Here to Register now! Registration closes on March 8th.

8:30 a.m. – Check-in

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. – Opening remarks, Dr. Tamim Younos, President, Cabell Brand Center

9:05-9:15 a.m. – Welcome, Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President, Virginia Western Community College

Overview of Mountain Valley Pipeline Project

9:15 - 9:45 – Importance of the proposed pipelines for local economic development, John D’Orazio, President and CEO, Roanoke Gas Company

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. – Proposed route of the Mountain Valley pipeline, Joseph Dawley, Corporate Director of Government Affairs, EQT Corporation

10:15-10:45 - Environmentalists’ concerns, Joe Lovett, Executive Director, Appalachian Mountain Advocates

10:30-10:45 a.m. – Break

Panel of Government Representatives

10:45 – 11:05 a.m. - The role of local government - Charlotte Moore, Member, Roanoke County Board of Supervisors

11:05 – 11:25 a.m. - The role of state government - John S. Edwards. Member, Senate of Virginia (21st District)

11:25 – 11:45 a.m. - The role of the federal government, Gwen Mason, Regional Director, the Office of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

11:45 a.m. – 12 noon - Panel interaction

12 noon – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch (in cafeteria adjoining auditorium)

Potential Project Impacts

12:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Insurance-related risks and macroeconomic issues associated with pipelines, Freeda Cathcart, FLMI

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. - Impacts on the Appalachian Trail, Laura Belleville, Director of Conservation, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Landscape impacts of natural gas and other forms of energy, David Perry, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Land Conservancy

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. - Fracked natural gas: bridge fuel or bridge to nowhere?, Diana Christopulos, President, Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. - Assessing critical habitats and future energy development in the Central Appalachians, Marek Smith, Director, Allegheny Highlands Program, The Nature Conservancy

3:00 p.m. – Adjourn

Thank you to our major sponsors!


Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this forum. If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring this forum please email Angela Conroy at

We hope to see you there!

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