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Dominion Open Houses

Dominion is holding construction and job fair open houses in Augusta County on April 24 and  Buckingham County on April 25 (see below and on Events calendar for details) to enlighten us about “construction activities, including safety measures.”

Writing in the April 19, 2018 News Leader, Nancy Sorrells, with Friends of Augusta, has some suggestions for questions you might ask:

  • How many jobs will there be for residents of Augusta/Buckingham Counties?
  • Dominion referred to approximately 400 workers showing up each day at the proposed Churchville pipe yard in Augusta, so you might inquire as to where those folks will be living.
  • For communities being impacted by an influx of workers, will Dominion share numbers, expected traffic counts, and roadways being traveled, vital information for area residents who might want to adjust commuter schedules, to schools that might want to alter bus routes, and to our emergency services?
  • Ask for specifics on the length of time pipes can be exposed to sunlight and weather events before the coating starts to degrade, thus endangering communities through which the compromised pipe will run.
  • Ask why pipelines built in the 21st century are failing at a rate faster than any time in history, more often than those put in the ground in the 1940s.
  • Ask Dominion if it is true that they plan to dynamite through streams and backfill them with cement (as shown on some of the very few site-specific plans that have been made public)
  • Ask if they plan to rip off the sides of mountains, insert their pipes, and then attempt to hold those steep slopes in place with heavy-wire mesh fastened to the bedrock with 15-foot nails (as shown on some of the very few site-specific plans that have been made public)
  • Ask if Dominion has seen the photos of their survey stakes under water after the three-inch rain on April 15-16, and whether or not that calls into question the safety of their scheme.

And there are many other questions that you could ask!

Upcoming Events

Next week is a busy one! Details of all these events on our Events page.

On Tuesday April 24, 2018, ACP Open House! A rare opportunity for the public to ask in- depth questions. Hope we get better answers then we did 3 years ago! This one is at the Augusta Expo Center in Fishersville, 5-7:30 pm.

Another ACP Open House on Wednesday April 25, 5-7:30 at Buckingham County High School, Buckingham VA. At this one, they will talk about ACP construction and Compression Station construction in Union Hill.

Also on Tuesday April 24, Virginia Student Environmental Coalition is sponsoring a program on Pipelines in [so called] VA?! NO ~fracking~ WAY!, 8-9 pm, University of Virginia, Old Cabell Hall, Room 107.  Facebook link here.

On Wednesday April 25 in Richmond, Virginia Pipeline Resisters is hosting an MVP & ACP Affected Landowner Appreciation Day, 10 am-3 pm. Their weekly event will be in support of affected landowners and communities along the proposed pipeline paths, starting with breakfast and including a picnic lunch with several interesting events in between.  Facebook link here.

In Charlottesville on Wednesday the 25, 11:30-12:30, there will be the usual protest at Virginia Dominion Energy’s Charlottesville Headquarters.

Wednesday evening is the Virginia Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Carlottesville, 7 pm at Violet Crown Cinema, see here for info.

And on Saturday April 28, there will be CSI Drone Training noon to 4 at Rockfish Valley Community Center.

CSI Drone Training, April 28, 2018

Friends of Nelson and the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance are excited to announce the date of our first Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI) drone monitoring training on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at the Rockfish Valley Community Center (click for directions).
 
If you haven’t already, please sign up for the event using our Pipeline Air Force volunteer form here: 
 
The purpose of this training is to introduce volunteers to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to monitor construction and preconstruction activities of the fracked gas pipelines that threaten our communities.
Topics to be covered are as follows:
  • Why use drones?
  • Which drones can you use?
  • Flying Safely: Do’s & Don’t’s
  • Flying Legally: Rules of the air
  • What and where to monitor?
  • Taking useful photos and videos
  • Advanced mapping missions
  • Networking with your neighbors

The CSI will have two DJI Mavic Pro drones present for demonstration. If you own or have access to your own drone, please bring it with you! 

This training will include an indoor classroom-style presentation in the Rockfish Lounge followed by a flight and mapping-mission demonstration in the soccer field outside. Lunch will be provided, so please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. 

Important: It is our hope with this program to create a network of citizen aerial monitors across our region who can respond to and document construction non-compliance and environmental degradation at the hands of ACP and MVP developers. This training is not an end-all-be-all for how to fly, you’ll need to practice flying on your own to become proficient. If you cannot attend due to scheduling conflicts or distance, don’t fret, we plan on holding more of these trainings in the coming weeks and months in different communities along the proposed MVP and ACP routes. We also plan to have a live-stream video of this training so stay tuned for updates on how to access that.

Space is limited to 50 people.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Ben Cunningham, at silvercunning@gmail.com or 434-882-1893.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival


The Wild and Scenic Film Festival brings together a selection of films that tell stories about our planet, our beautiful and precious wildlands, and the people of the communities who love them, play in them and defend them. They open our eyes and hearts to fantastic experiences in remarkable places. They inspire a sense of wonder, beckon us towards action, highlight issues, and provide solutions.

Showing on Sunday, April 22nd, Staunton, 6:30pm, Visulite Cinema, BUY TICKETS

Showing on Wednesday, April 25th, Charlottesville, 7:00pm, Violet Crown Cinema, BUY TICKETS

Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Staunton


Sunday, April 22nd, Staunton, 6:30pm, Visulite Cinema, BUY TICKETS

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival brings together a selection of films that tell stories about our planet, our beautiful and precious wildlands, and the people of the communities who love them, play in them and defend them. They open our eyes and hearts to fantastic experiences in remarkable places. They inspire a sense of wonder, beckon us towards action, highlight issues, and provide solutions.

Films to be shown at this location:

Circle of Protection – Buckingham County


1-2 pm Sundays in Union Hill except Sunday, April 22 from 2-3 pm
Corner Routes 56 & 663, Buckingham, Virginia

Circle of Protection is a weekly Interfaith Prayer Vigil to protect Buckingham County from the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the proposed ACP Compressor Station. Expect neighbors, prayer, story, poetry and song. The vigils are open air and will be followed by loaves and fishes pot lucks and no pipeline planning indoors at a nearby church.