Category Archives: Cultural Resources

DHR Believes ACP Will Adversely Affect South Rockfish and Warminster Historic Districts

In a letter to Dominion dated September 11, 2017, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) says the Atlantic Coast Pipeline “will adversely affect” the South Rockfish Rural Historic District and the Warminster Rural Historic District. The pipeline corridor will cross both districts, removing stands of mature trees. DHR states that because both Historic Districts derive much of their historic significance from their rural setting and feeling, “the construction of the pipeline through the resource’s boundary and in a manner that will be visible from contributing resources within the historic district, DHR considers the diminishment to these characteristics to be adverse.”

Read the full DHR letter here.

End of the Line: Episode 3, “Heart”


End of the Line podcasts cover conflicts over pipeline construction in Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states. In Episode 3: “Heart,”  we hear about the human cost of the heart of a pipeline.

In Union Hill neighborhood of Buckingham county, a plot of land is proposed as the site of a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Compressor stations are the heart of the pipeline, pressurizing gas to be pumped across hundreds of miles. A compressor station is the lynchpin of a pipeline, as well as the most dangerous piece of infrastructure. Union Hill neighborhood, where the station is proposed to be built, is a predominantly African-American neighborhood founded by slaves freed after the Civil War. How does the history of this neighborhood coincide with the construction of a large, noisy, dirty and dangerous compressor station? How have the people most affected by its construction responded? Have elected officials or corporate decision makers heard their voices?

In the midst of turmoil surrounding historic erasure in the south, this episode tells the unique and troubling story of land, ownership and theft in the neighborhood of Union Hill, Buckingham County, Virginia.

Video: Appalachian Trail and the MVP


Watch this video from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would cross the Appalachian Trail and damage views for up to 100 miles. Despite offering to work with MVP officials to minimize damage to the Trail, our attempts seem to have been ignored, and little has been done to minimize threats to the A.T. hiking experience, local jobs and drinking water quality.

While other pipelines currently cross the A.T., and the ATC has worked with companies in the past to make sure these pipelines and other infrastructure are constructed in a way that minimizes the impact on the Trail and the hiking experience. Unfortunately, Mountain Valley Pipeline is different — EQT Corporation and its partners have not listened to the guidance provided by the ATC, instead choosing a route for the MVP that would damage up to 100 miles of A.T. views, endanger water quality, and threaten local jobs dependent on tourism and outdoor recreation. The ATC supports the construction of sensibly-built, necessary energy infrastructure, and we want to work collaboratively with companies to ensure that both America’s energy needs are met and our iconic public lands are protected. We encourage you to visit AppalachianTrail.org/MVP for more details about the downsides to the proposed MVP route.

And remember, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will also cross the Appalachian Trail.

Sacred Places Map


The Sacred Places Map combines the work of 18 fine artists to depict only a few of the sacred places, things and beings that would be threatened along the proposed ACP route in Virginia. Curator, Lilly Bechtel talks about the creation of the map and her work as an ARTivist. The map will be on display this Sunday, July 2, 2017, in Union Hill , during the Walking the Line celebration at the completion of the Bath to Buckingham walk.

Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia will celebrate the finish of its 150 mile witness by joining the Union Hill Baptist Church congregation for 10 am worship and the singing and filming of the final “Sow Em On the Mountain” song video and then join Friends of Buckingham for a ritual at the proposed compressor site and proceed next on to a potluck at Union Grove Baptist Church. Add your voice. Your hope. Join us! Union Hill Baptist Church is at State Rte 663, Buckingham, VA, 23921 (off 64E south of Charlottesville, take VA-20 S (24.7 mi). Take State Rte 655 to State Rte 602, 8 min (5.7 mi) Turn left onto State Rte 602, 6 min (5.2 mi) Continue on State Rte 660. Drive to State Rte 663, 8 min (4.3 mi)

FERC Grants Nelson County Board of Supervisors Consulting Party Status

In a letter to the Nelson County Board of Supervisors on March 2nd, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) informed the board that it has been granted consulting party status under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) Project.  As a consulting party, the Nelson County Board of Supervisors will be granted access to cultural resources survey reports for Nelson County.  These cultural resource reports are filed as “Privileged and Confidential” and are not normally accessible to the public.  The Board of Supervisors will likely be asked to sign confidentiality agreements with ACP to access this information, and any comments that the board files with FERC regarding this cultural resource information will also be marked confidential and will not be accessible to the public.

To read FERC’s letter to the Nelson County Board of Supervisors, you can download the document by clicking here.