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No Pipelines: Vigil for Archers Mill Grove
October 6, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
What: No Pipelines: Vigil for Archers Mill Grove
Where: 2981 Archer’s Mill Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434, United States
When: Saturday, October 6, 3:00 – 6:00pm
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The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is slated to cut through a beautiful land called Archers Mill Grove, a promising young sanctuary just outside of Suffolk. Virginia landowner Paulette Johnson has spent years nourishing this land from dry grass in 2007 to a beautiful, biodiverse forest with an abundance of plant and animal life. And now, large swaths of it could be destroyed by a pipeline we don’t need.
Paulette and her husband Clay are a retired Navy family who have chosen to settle down and remain in Virginia — mostly because of the trees. Paulette, originally from North Dakota, chose Virginia as her home because she fell in love with trees, so much so that she planted 3,500 of them beside her house!
Seven years later, she faces condemnation of her land in order to construct the Atlantic Coast Pipeline straight through the middle of Archers Grove, clearing eight to ten rows of trees and putting Paulette’s house in the incineration zone of the pipeline. This would be done in the name of supposed “public good.”
But where is the good in a dangerous, monstrous fracked-gas pipeline that would threaten the drinking water of millions of Virginians and could result in explosions just steps from Paulette’s home? When does a “public use” become eminent domain abuse?
But Paulette is not giving up. She has not accepted the easements for her property and is currently appealing her case to have a trial by jury.
The public is invited to come and walk the path through the grove during this time and attend the vigil. The vigil will be held at 4:00 pm and there will be a special guest speaker.
With the continuous support of people like you, brave landowners like the Johnsons — and Bill and Lynn Limpert, who held a protest camp on their property in Miracle Ridge — are empowered to keep fighting against the injustices wrought down by big utility corporations.
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