A pipeline now stretches through the middle of the Kesecker farm in Morgan County, but it didn’t always look like that.
The family that owns the land said they had to give up most of their property to Mountaineer Gas after a lawsuit.
Officials said that because bigger businesses are coming into the Eastern Panhandle, the area needs more access to gas. This is a reality that the family is coming to terms with.
On Saturday, they decided to have a potluck to celebrate what is left of the land.
“When I look around, we lost a battle because they took us to court, took our property,” said Patricia Kesecker.
Patricia said her husband and his parents started out with the farm, that once grew acres of tomatoes.
To the point where they said they became the last tomato cannery in Morgan County.
The pipeline will go from the Pennsylvania and Maryland Border and connect with the Mountaineer Gas Pipeline in Morgan County. Despite the loss of the land, the people here are not giving up.
“Keep track of whether there have been any violations on the part of the gas company. Whether people’s water gets contaminated by this work and we’re planning to vote out those politicians that let this people,” said Tracy Cannon of Eastern Panhandle Protectors.
Which is why on Saturday the community came together to show support and unity of a long tradition of farming in this county and on this land.
“We think everything is ours, but we never have anything because somebody can take it away from you,” said Patricia Kesecker.
The pipeline will be approximately 3.5 miles long and 8 inches in diameter.