Stand with Union Hill: The Buckingham County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing on Monday, July 9, 2018 to hear public input regarding a rezoning request to allow the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to install a “man camp” across from the proposed Union Hill compressor station.
Be there at 5 pm for peaceful witness at the meeting, which begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Peter Francisco Auditorium of the Buckingham County Administration Complex at 13380 W. James Anderson Hwy, Buckingham, Virginia 23921.
The Circle of Protection collaborators and Water is Life. Protect It. are asking for your presence and peaceful witness to this meeting and this proposal which represents a further violation of the zoning and comprehensive plan for Buckingham County.
A new video from Appalachain Voices. After working most her life in D.C., Ella Rose returned to central Virginia to retire — only to find out a massive fracked-gas pipeline and compressor station were planned for her peaceful, rural community. She has been a staunch opponent ever since and continues fighting to defend her home from the industrial intrusion. “I love it here. I wouldn’t want to go any place else.”
Compressor stations and pipelines don’t belong near communities. We stand with Ella Rose, who is fighting the pipelines.
Learn more here.
On June 24, 2018, Circle of Protection will feature opening prayers in the Buddhist tradition, musicians Rob Mezzanotte and Brian J Wahl of the Bobby Midnight Band.
Details on our Events page or on their Facebook page.
In the video above, from Circle of Protection on June 17, 2018, Pastor Paul Wilson, of Union Hill Grove Baptist Church in Buckingham County, VA, tells his personal story of how the threat of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the proposed Union Hill Compressor Station have changed his life.
BREDL files Title VI Environmental Justice Complaint with EPA against the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
June 20, 2018: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) and its Virginia chapters, Protect Our Water, Concern for the New Generation and No ACP, filed a Title VI civil rights complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) office of External Civil Rights Compliance Office (ECRCO). BREDL’s Stop the Pipelines Campaign Coordinator, Sharon Ponton, stated, “The 26-page complaint tells the story of VADEQ’s segmented process for 401 water quality certification and asks the EPA to void the certification until a thorough environmental justice analysis is completed. We believe we have presented a strong case indicating the environmental justice communities along the path of the proposed ACP will be disproportionately impacted by health impacts from pollution caused by toxic, polluting pipeline infrastructure and its contributions to global warming from leaks and its compressor station, as well as the health affects from noise and toxic emissions from its compressor stations. The complaint also outlines disproportionate impacts from possible threats to water supplies, safety related issues from discriminatory construction rules, and property loss through eminent domain.”
View the Press Release
View the Title VI Complaint
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/
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.)