As she walked across a mountain meadow, Karen Scott passed a wooden stake driven into the moist soil to mark the route a natural gas pipeline will take if it slices through her family farm.
Scott pointed to the nearby ridgetop of Poor Mountain, where springs fed by rainwater cascade down steep slopes. Bottom Creek gurgled in the background. Just below the surface of the soggy plateau lay more water.
From where Scott stood — on one of the wettest parts of Roanoke County’s highest mountain — she feared that contamination caused by the Mountain Valley Pipeline will flow down the watershed to the valley below.