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October Surprise: Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary Matt Strickler Tell Governor’s Advisory...

by Jon Sokolow It’s only a matter of days before the November 6 midterm elections and Democrats and progressives are focused, as we should be,...

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“Finally, its Final!”: Governor Northam’s Advisory Council Calls for Moratorium on Atlantic...

The following press release is from the Global Justice Ecology Project, following today's vote by Gov. Northam's Advisory Council on Environmental Justice (ACEJ) to...

Gov. Northam Dismisses Letter from His Environmental Justice Advisory Council Calling...

Just as I predicted...check out the following from the Global Justice Ecology Program: VA Governor Northam Dismisses Letter from His Environmental Justice Advisory Council Calling...

Video: Rep. McEachin on Environmental Justice, Neighbor-to-Neighbor Contact, LGBT Equality and...

My favorite member of Congress, other than perhaps my own superb Representative (Don Beyer; we'll call it a tie between Beyer and Rep. Donald...

Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s “Sacrifice Zones”

MVP and ACP photo MountainValleyampACPPipelineRoanokeTimes_350_zps7d007351.jpgAt an E-Coalition event last weekend one discussion centered on Environmental Injustice and addressed what are sometimes referred to as "sacrifice zones." In 1994, then President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order No.12898 aimed at environmental justice in low-income and minority populations. Do the proposed natural gas pipelines violate that order?

From a Daily Kos article last February entitled, Racist Sacrifice Zones With XL Pipeline Are Grounds Alone for Rejecting Permit:

For years, low-income and minority areas have been targeted to benefit corporations. Many corporations have a history and pattern of locating energy and other projects in or near minority, Indian or low-income communities.

They force the burdens of projects designed (they say) to benefit society primarily on these targeted communities, which can thus create "sacrifice zones."

The projects devastate the lives of the people in these zones by harming their culture, health, lives, lands, natural resources, wildlife, homes and/or quality of life. These people are marginalized by commodifying them. They are harmed in the name of the "greater good" of the dominant culture for the provision of energy and disposal of waste.

Beneficiaries of these zones are the corporations operating the projects for huge profits and the dominant culture society, who are provided energy to run their air conditioners or cars without suffering the extreme harms forced on the targeted community in the sacrifice zone.


The US Census Bureau's color-coded Percent in Poverty map helps illustrate that both the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines have been placed in rural areas, many of which are stricken with high poverty rates, populated by low income families, and/or consist of minority communities. The contrast along the path of the proposed pipelines is telling: