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Roanoke County Police handle trespassing complaints routinely. They generally do not conduct follow-up investigations if the person trespassing is no longer present when officers arrive. If a person is present and officers determine that they are in fact trespassing, officers will ask them to leave. Generally if they leave the officer will not charge them. After this, a citizen may go to the Magistrate to file charges.
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Mountain Valley Pipeline Information (MVP) is responsible for clearly showing the boundaries of their easement. Roanoke County Police are not prepared to make judgments on these boundaries in the field. The County's GIS maps, which show the general location of the easement, are not intended to be substitutes for a professional survey. MVP has stated that it will have professional survey staff on site to help clarify disputes over boundary lines.
Not for the Mountain Valley Pipeline Information (MVP) project specifically. Roanoke County Fire and EMS personnel are already trained to respond to gas leaks and explosions; they undergo training on an annual basis. Roanoke County is also part of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management phone task force and has partners in the City of Roanoke and the City of Salem for hazmat response.
The Police Department will continue to conduct patrols and speed enforcement in areas affected by construction traffic just as it does elsewhere in the County, to include concentrating enforcement efforts in areas where crashes and violations increase. Enforcement of traffic laws will be objective and fair.