Feds holding third public hearing along proposed route of 3-state natural gas pipeline

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ROANOKE RAPIDS, North Carolina — The federal agency looking into a proposed $5 billion, three-state natural gas pipeline is hearing from eastern North Carolina residents.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a hearing Wednesday in Roanoke Rapids to review the pipeline moving natural gas 550 miles from West Virginia, through Virginia and ending in North Carolina near Lumberton.

Governors of all three states have said the pipeline will boost their states' economies by drawing new businesses with the promise of abundant and relatively cheap energy supplies.

The project is a joint venture between Virginia-based Dominion Resources, Charlotte-based Duke Energy and Charlotte's Piedmont Natural Gas.

Public meetings were held earlier this week in Fayetteville and Wilson.

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