Category Archives: Compressor Stations

Circle of Protection


Interfaith Prayer Vigil to protect Buckingham’s air, water, and right to own land from the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Union Hill Compressor Station. Expect neighbors, prayer, story, poetry and song. Expect fun.

  • Sunday June 17, 1-2 pm.  Features violinist Justin Esposito and bassist Brian J Wahl of Trees On Fire, and story and opening prayer by Pastor Paul Wilson.
  • Sunday June 24, 1-2 pm.
  • Sunday, July 22, 1-3 pm with indoor potluck and speaker to follow vigil.
  • Sunday, August 26, 1-3 pm with indoor potluck and speaker to follow vigil.

Union Hill Baptist Churchyard (inside if rain), 1496 Union Hill Road, Buckingham, VA 23921.  A collaboration of Friends of Buckingham, Union Hill/Grove Baptist Church, Yogaville, VSEC, & Water is life. Protect it.  Updates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/325505834642906/

Circle of Protection, June 10, 2018


Join us on Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 1-2 pm, rain or shine, for the Circle of Protection, a weekly interfaith prayer vigil, co-produced by Friends of Buckingham County, Virginia and Water is Life. Protect It, to protect Buckingham County (and all of us!) from the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the proposed Union Hill ACP Compressor Station.

The June 10 Circle will feature music from DrumUP!: Drumming for Universal Peace, led by Jim McKinley Oakes and Whit. Please bring your own drums or percussion instruments if you wish to join in. Dancing anticipated.

The vigils are open air on the grounds of Union Hill Baptist Church, State Route 663, Buckingham, VA. Details/directions for the event Circle of Protection. (We advise printing out directions for the event before setting forth as reception can be vague to nonexistent in certain parts of the county.)

History, Health at Stake in Buckingham County

An Appalachian Voices June 4, 2018 Front Porch Blog post, History, Health at Stake in Buckingham County, discusses what is at stake for the residents of Union Hill in Buckingham County, threatened by the Atlantic Coast pipeline. “Both Dominion and FERC, which has approved the project, have essentially ignored the deep history of the community, founded by freedmen and still predominantly African-American. This cultural ‘erasure,’ as anthropologist Lakshmi Fjord describes it, is nothing short of racist.”

See also the excellent People in the Path of Pipelines series, where residents along the routes share their stories of their land and their water at risk.

Advisory Council on Environmental Justice: Draft Statement

The Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice released the following announcement on May 30, 2018:

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice reached consensus May 30 on a draft statement recommending a moratorium on new gas infrastructure in the Commonwealth and calling for a stream-by-stream assessment of the impact of both the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.

The advisory council, created by former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in 2017, also said placing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s compressor station in Union Hill, a historic African-American community in Buckingham County, exhibits racism and maintained that the human rights of protestors — including those who have engaged in tree sits — are being violated by state and local law enforcement officials as well as the U.S. Forestry Service.

Consensus on a final draft will be worked out quickly, members said, and the language could be modified. No timetable has been set, but council members said it was important to finalize their recommendations before decisions are made by other regulatory bodies. When completed, the recommendations will be sent to Gov. Northam.

The council held its May 30 meeting in Buckingham County to give members a first-hand view of areas that will be impacted by the ACP and compressor station. It also heard concerns expressed by about 30 people during a public comment period. Matt Strickler, Secretary of Natural Resources, joined the council for its meeting.

See video here of Union Hill residents testifying before the Council on May 30, 2018.

Circle of Protection, Sundays from 1-2


Join the Circle of Protection, Sundays from 1-2 pm, a weekly interfaith prayer vigil to protect Buckingham County from the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the proposed Union Hill ACP Compressor Station.

June 3, 2018, will feature music from Graham (creator of the Sun Bus) http://solarpoweredmusic.com/ , a story from cultural anthropologist Lakshmi Fjord, PhD, Buckingham County resident and original member of Yogaville, and a loaves and fishes potluck at 2 in the church basement.

The vigils are open air on the grounds of Union Hill Baptist Church, 1496 Union Hill Road (State Route 663), Buckingham, VA. Details/directions for the event at Circle of Protection. It is a good idea to print out directions for the event before setting forth, as reception can be vague in certain parts of the county.

Advisory Council for Environmental Justice Met in Buckingham


On Wednesday May 30, 2018, the Governor’s Advisory Council for Environmental Justice met in Buckingham, Virginia, the site of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s sole, mega-sized, toxic-emitting compressor station for the entire state of Virginia. The people of Union Hill and Woods Corner, who would suffer disproportionate impacts to their health, safety, history, cultural attachment, and property if this travesty of justice is allowed to go forward, were able to make public, on-the-record comments to the Council