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For Immediate Release from Justice RVA

Activists Block Dominion Headquarters and Demand “Stop Selling Our Futures”

At 7:00 a.m. a group of over 50 activists blocked vehicle access to Dominion Resources’ Tredegar Campus in Richmond, Virginia to protest the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Traffic quickly formed on Tredegar Street as activists stretched large banners across the road and paraded large puppets around the scene. Two activists remain suspended from a pedestrian bridge with a banner reading “Stop Selling Our Futures” while a larger crowd occupy the access way to the campus below.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would transport natural gas from West Virginia, where there is a boom in hydraulic fracturing, 550 miles, through Virginia, and into North Carolina. “This proposal would be a dangerous investment in fossil fuel infrastructure at a time when the scientific consensus is clear that we must invest in renewables, such as wind and solar, to avoid further warming of our planet. ” said Whitney Whiting from Newport News, Virginia.

This action follows several months of grassroots resistance in the region against Dominion. On February 3, an activist scaled a crane at a construction site for Dominion’s proposed Cove Point LNG export facilities in Lusby, Maryland. On February 9, activists with the group Beyond Extreme Energy staged a disruption at a Dominion analyst meeting in New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, also with the message “Stop Selling Our Futures”.

Shantae Taylor from Norfolk, Virginia said, “As a person of color, I am out here because I am disturbed by the climate crisis in the Commonwealth. The Tidewater region is second only to Louisiana for its vulnerability to sea level rise. Now we’re facing the additional threat of offshore oil and gas drilling. I don’t want another Hurricane Katrina or BP oil spill to happen here. It’s time to push back against Dominion’s corrupt political influence and demand an end to fossil fuels.”

“I’ve been born and raised in Virginia, where we have pride in our land”, said Phil Cunningham, from Prince Edward County. “Now Dominion wants to come steal people’s property and sell our futures to the highest bidder. We are here to send the message to Dominion that people matter more than profits. This is our Keystone XL, and we will stop it. ”

Here is a link to the facebook page where you can find more pictures and videos from the event: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Richmond-Peoples-Climate-March/345371075613238

And the Free Nelson page: https://www.facebook.com/freenelson2

Or search on twitter for #noacp

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Our little sign in solidarity, and against the pipeline!

Driving through Churchville on 250 is a pleasant experience this time of year. The trees are turning lovely colors and many folks have gone all out decorating for Halloween. I should have taken some pictures of both of those things.

Instead, I stopped numerous times to photo the many No Pipeline signs folks had in yards and on fences. Some were from the Augusta County Alliance – a group worth checking out, but there were many homemade ones as well, all pulling on different reasons that the proposed natural gas pipeline by Dominion Resources (sister company to Dominion Power) is a bad idea and a bad fit for these areas. For more background on this issue you can read our previous article here.

I was very impressed by the level of visual resistance shown in these communities. The local paper where I was, the Highland Recorder had numerous articles and interviews on the topic as well.

In solidarity with folks in all the counties threatened by this pipeline, here are some visuals from the resistance in the area.

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Keep an ear out for opportunites to support folks in affected counties and take action against the environmentally destructive, classist and all around cruddy Dominion Power/Resources!

Remember – our enemies have names, faces, and addresses!!!!

 

Dominion Resources Inc. is in the preliminary stages of planning to build a 2-4 billion dollar (conflicting numbers on this out there) natural gas pipeline from West Virginia, into and through 5 counties in Virginia, and down into southern North Carolina. They call it Dominion Southeast Reliability Project which is apparently fancy talk for gonna wreck your land whether you like it or not. Much of the territory being threatened lies in rural areas, where folks may feel less capacity to push back. But they are not alone, and we have gotten word that they are more angry than scared. Dominion Resources is a sister company to Dominion Power, who holds a monopoly on electricity in Virginia, and has headquarters located in Richmond. There is plenty of opportunity to push back against this plan, in solidarity with folks in the counties and in defense of the earth.

Highland County is one of the least populated counties in the state, and the Board of Supervisors there was presented with initial information in late May. The local paper there, the Recorder reports, “The board also received a map, plus a draft letter to property owners who could be affected, explaining the surveying that would take place on their land.

It explains to a landowner, “Typically, the first step in a new project is to conduct surveys and environmental studies along a potential route corridor. Your property has been identified as being in this corridor and that is why we are notifying you so that we can begin keeping you informed throughout this process and because surveys will be conducted on your property. Conducting these surveys and environmental studies is required as part of the permitting process for a project of this nature. The Commonwealth of Virginia encourages new projects such as the Southeast Reliability project to conduct these studies as a way to minimize environmental and land use impacts. Dominion plans to begin the surveys and studies on or about July 1, 2015.”

Further, it tells a landowner, “Please be aware that our surveying the route does not mean you are agreeing to access for construction of the pipeline. For that purpose, we will seek a separate easement agreement from all affected property owners prior to construction once a final route is selected at the end of this process. During the initial phase and any subsequent phases of the Southeast Reliability pipeline project, Dominion and its representatives will remain in contact with you through other mailings, phone and in-person information sessions to keep you informed and to answer any questions you may have.”

It directs landowners to sign the form and return it to Dominion.

It also explains Doyle Land Services Inc. would assist with the project…. County supervisors informed the planning commission of the project last night (Thursday). “The said holy cow, too,” Wagner said. “There might be nothing we can do. It’s going to sock us.””

Sorry about the long quote, but the text of the letter sent to landowners seems important to get verbatim.

Photo fro a Yinke Dene protest against the Enbridge pipeline in  April 2014- article on that issue here: http://warriorpublications.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/b-c-first-nation-along-pipeline-route-officially-rejects-northern-gateway-plan/

Photo fro a Yinka Dene protest against the Enbridge pipeline in April 2014- article on that issue here: http://warriorpublications.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/b-c-first-nation-along-pipeline-route-officially-rejects-northern-gateway-plan/

The folks of rural Virginia are the ones who will have this dangerous and destructive pipeline in their backyards, and these communities are not even set to benefit from access to resources. Dominion told a Prince Edward official that the county could purchase their own T to tap into the line in the future if they wanted.

The people of Nelson County Virginia are in the preliminary stages of pushing back against the aggressive, destructive plan. In one area, property owners are organizing to follow and film the surveyors who are being sent onto their properties. There are many determined to not let the pipeline onto their land.  Others are also gathering signatures and creating petitions. Apparently Nelson County officials who requested to meet with Dominion have not yet been given the chance.

One resident, Ammon Sammon, says “The pipeline will include a 400ft corridor wiping out everything around it, including my house, and will not be giving anyone any compensation:.

Environmentally, there is a lot at risk. Aside from the clearly destructive expansion of infrastructure serving non-renewable energy sources, the pipeline would run through the Alleghany Highlands, putting the entire area at risk. And anything which produces a greater demand for practices such as fracking is an enemy of the people and the planet.

Local Sierra Clubs have begun to come out against the pipeline plan, including the Shenandoah Group. You can read their letter to the editor which details some of the natural areas at risk, in the Staunton paper the News Leader  here.

Keep your ears to the ground, and make contact with folks you might know living in Highland, Augusta, Nelson, Prince Edward, Cumberland or Buckingham  counties. Make sure folks are aware of what is going on, even those not directly affected may have neighbors who are. They tentatively plan to start construction in 2017 and be done in 2018.

If anyone has news of any resistance or organizing against this pipeline and you would like us to share the news, please be in touch! wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

No Compromise in Defense of Mother Earth!

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