Tag: Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Over 150 citizen protesters amassed on the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge atop Afton Mountain, with another 135 at the bridge across the James River at Wingina, which is miles and miles from the nearest town. In Montgomery County, VA, over 100 citizens stood across a field which is on the path of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, and in Franklin County, VA citizens marched to the Franklin Government Center where they asked their Board of Supervisors to help them protect their water and streams by petitioning the Governor to require pipeline companies to submit site specific erosion and sediment control plans should the MVP ever be built. In western Augusta County, 32 people cheered and sang protest songs in the pouring rain to protest the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In Richmond, over 60 citizens met at Dominion headquarters and marched to the Governor's office supporting the actions held in localities directly affected by the proposed 42" high-pressure behomeths being proposed in Virginia. Other Virginia communities which participated were Floyd, Bent Mountain, Roanoke, and Front Royal.
Energy companies erroneously tout fracked natural gas as clean, cheap energy and expect rural communities across America to be sacrificed, not for the public good, but for shareholder profit. Free Nelson founder, the Reverend Marion Kanour wonders, "What could our world become if corporations were guided by environmental and social responsibilty rather than greed?" Kanour, an Episcopal priest, believes we each have a sacred obligation to be good stewards of the earth.
Marilyn Shifflett, Free Nelson Co-chair, visited the fracking fields in West Virginia and was profoundly affected by what she saw. "It was hard to imagine greater impact than over 100 years of coal mining and then mountain top coal removal," Shifflett explains, "but West Virginians are now being assaulted by the natural gas industry spanning larger residential areas, at a pace hard to imagine until seen, leaving an irreparable path of destruction in its wake. Hardly a stream or human has not been touched. Our visit was an eye-opener and heart opener."
Hands Across Our Land
Protecting Our Land and Communities
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Join opposition groups from both the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines, as we take a stand to protect our land and communities from the unnecessary and unwanted onslaught of new natural gas infrastructure.
We are citizens, small business owners, and farmers from every walk of life, standing up for our heritage and culture in rural West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. We are united in our goal to stop the industrialization of our properties and communities by energy companies who seek to profit by stealing our land through the misuse of eminent domain!
Actions and events will be held in localities across all three states. We are in the process of recruiting county coordinators along the paths of both the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. Local actions are already being planned in Nelson County, Buckingham County, Augusta County, the George Washington National Forest, Roanoke, and Montgomery County in Virginia, as well as Monroe County, WV.
Dominion, Duke, Piedmont Natural Gas, AGL Resources, NextEra, EQT, and others would build their pipelines within feet of our homes, destroy thousands of acres of forested land, pollute our water supply, wreak havoc on our local economies, degrade our national treasures by crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, and the pristine George Washington and Monongahela National Forests. All of this desecration would be done in the name of profit for the few on the backs of thousands of private property owners. Stand with us as we hold Hands Across Our Land to protect our way of life.
Contact Free Nelson on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to become a County Coordinator for an event in your area.