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Give McAuliffe a Compass

Save the Appalachian trail from pipelines – come to Richmond on June 2, 2017!

On the eve of National Trails Day, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is inviting all Virginia trail hikers – and everyone else that cares about our Appalachian Trail – to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s house so we can give him a compass. We’ll take a lunchtime hike with backpacks around Capitol Square to raise awareness on the pipelines’ impacts on the Appalachian Trail. Gather on Friday June 2, 2017 at the Bell Tower at the Virginia Capitol, noon-1:30. Bring your backpack, water, and if you desire, a compass to give to Governor McAuliffe.

RSVP here.

The Governor supports two massive pipelines for fracked gas that, if built, would dramatically harm the Appalachian Trail. Terry McAuliffe, in other words, is clearly LOST, and he needs our help. Come to Richmond on June 2nd with all your backpacking gear – and bring a compass to give to the Governor.

There are three things all hikers depend on:

  • The first is access to clean, reliable water along the trail. Without water, we cannot hike. With the Governor’s support, companies like Dominion Energy, EQT & NextEra want to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) for fracked gas. These pipelines would plow through geologically fragile areas that could threaten not only water along the trail, but water for farmers and communities across 13 counties.
  • The second is our appreciation for beautiful mountain vistas. Along the Virginia AT, those vistas include places like Angel’s Rest, the Dragon Tooth, and Kelly Knob. But the ACP and MVP could harm all this, each crossing the AT with great impact. The companies want to clear cut and then blast off the tops of at least 38 miles of ridgetops – some within view of the AT — across Virginia and West Virginia to make room for the pipelines’ wide paths. They will decapitate these mountains. And the views and ecological health of places like Angel’s Rest and Dragon Tooth will be severely impacted.
  • Which is why Governor McAuliffe needs the third thing critical to hikers: a compass! He needs to chart a new course that opposes these pipelines and protects our Appalachian Trail.

Join CCAN on Friday June 2nd, in Richmond with all your backpacking gear, where we’ll give the Governor a compass and ask him to do the right thing.

Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia

Walking the Line, June 17 – July 1, 2017, Highland, Bath Augusta, Nelson & Buckingham Counties

A walk of Resistance and CELEBRATION along the proposed fracked-gas pipeline (ACP) path. See for yourself what is on the line- The forest habitats, mountains, farms and homes that are in danger of irreversible destruction.

Everyone is welcome! The more the merrier!

Starting in Highland County, we will follow as close as possible to the proposed path for 150 miles (1st leg) – Through Bath, Augusta and Nelson Co, and into the heart of Virginia; Buckingham County- the site of the proposed toxin-emitting Compression Station.

Our vision is for this to be a celebratory, peaceful walk of resistance, to share the stories of the communities and the beauty of the landscape that would be impacted, to raise awareness and help ensure that these ill-conceived plans do not come to fruition.

There are many ways to get involved- Full and partial walks, day hikes, events, sponsorship, and plenty of other ways to support the walkers if you aren’t able to join the walk yourself.  Go to the Walking the Line Web page for more information.

And be sure to check out the video of “Sow Em on the Mountain”!

Multiple events are planned in conjunction with Walking the Line.

First, Paint the Line! Making Art for Walking the Line at Community Bikes on Friday, May 19 – Noon to 3pm. Community Bikes 405 Avon St, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902.  A gathering to make signs, banners and art of all stripes to support Walking the Line Into the Heart of Virginia: A Two Week Walk along the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route, June 17th- July 2nd. Some supplies will be on site as well as some facts to help spin into imagery, but any materials and ideas you bring are welcome. If you have a moment to drop off some cardboard off and say hello to us, that’s cool too. Your support makes a difference. Please shout this out and share this with friends.

Tuesday May 23, 2017,  Walking the Line – Walk Update and Social Gathering 7:30-9:00 pm. Three Notch’d Brewing Company, 946 Grady Ave, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903   Join us, for a walk update and social gathering for everyone coming on the walk, interested in finding out more, or supporting Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia…as we countdown to Day One, on Saturday, June 17!  We’ll have detailed route updates, so that you can see when and where we’ll be heading, on this 150 mile pilgrimage into the heart of Virginia, as well as information about the planned stops and events along the ‘line,’ such as the Walking the Line Celebration Concert in Staunton on Friday, June 23.

Walking the Line, June 17 – July 1, 2017, Highland, Bath Augusta, Nelson & Buckingham Counties.  The walk itself – see above.

Friday June 23, 2017, The Celebration Concert, 6:00-9:00 pm, Sunspots Pavilion, 202 Lewis Street, Staunton, VA 24401 Welcome the walkers from “Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia” to a family style concert with Laurie Lichtenwalner, Boxcar Speakeasy, Rick Olivarez Trio and more. Rain or shine with tents and chairs for our audience with reservations. Food from The Saucy Bird and The Dirty Bean.  Tickets are free, but donations to support the work and the musicians are welcome. Doors open 5:30 pm.  We will film the second version of our Sow Em on the Mountain song video at the Celebration Concert.   More info here.

Sunday June 25, 2017, noon-7:00 pm, Seven Arrows Brewery, 2508 Jefferson Hwy, Waynesboro VA.  No Pipeline Concert.  Free, family friendly.  Music by The Cross Eyed Cats, The Findells, and Charlottesville Community Drum Choir.

Blow the Whistle on Dominion

Join in the demonstration outside Dominion’s Annual Shareholders Meeting,
Wednesday May 10, 2017, Richmond Convention Center, 5th and Marshall St.

Dominion’s Annual Meeting is a great time to send a message to Dominion’s Shareholders and Executives like CEO Tom Farrell and VA Power President Bob Blue that Virginians will not tolerate Dominion’s manipulation of our politicians and DEQ, who allow this corporation to poison our water and our air.

We’ll assemble at the Convention Center as the meeting is about to end, then March to Festival Park for a rally with Speakers from the front lines of the Dominion Resistance.

Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast

Sponsored by the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Nelson, the annual Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast will be held on Thursday May 11, 2017, at the Nelson Center (8445 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston). State Senator Creigh Deeds and Representatives Dickie Bell and Matt Fariss will review the 2017 General Assembly and speak to constituents. Doors open at 7:15, breakfast at 7:30. Cost: $12, reservations necessary. RSVP to Elaine Hooker, or 434-962-5022 by May 8. All Nelson County residents are welcome to attend.

We Were There!

Some of the Friends of Nelson contingent at the Climate March in DC, April 23, 2017.  Doug Wellman, Jill Averitt, Deborah Claudel, Charlotte Drummond, Rick Wellbeloved-Stone – Ernie Reed took the photo.