Category Archives: Natural Resources

Pipeline Battle

An extensive article in Virginia Business reviews the three year battle over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. It covers discussion over environmental impact, questions of pubic need, Dominion donations, water quality, Governor McAuliffe’s support of the ACP, and a variety of aspects of the casefor and against the ACP.

Read the full article here.

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.

Natural Gas Development Spurs Invasive Species

A team of researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has found that invasive, non-native plants are making significant inroads in areas around hundreds of well pads, access roads and pipelines built to extract gas from the Marcellus shale. These invasive species have long-term negative consequences for forest ecosystems, timbering, wildlife habitat and ecotourism.

In findings published on July 20, 2017, in the Journal of Environmental Management, researchers show a direct correlation between the extent of non-native plant invasion and distinct aspects of shale gas development. The invasive species, including Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium), were introduced in gravel and in the mud on tires and under carriages of trucks.

Non-native plant invasion into forests can lead to the demise of native plants in surprising ways. “So if we have Microstegium filling the forest understory and deer are looking for something to eat — since they don’t feed much on Microstegium at all — the deer clip off any native plant growth that manages to get through the invasives,” Penn State’s David Mortensen said. “That allows the invasives to further dominate the plant community.

“As a result, the recruitment of economically important tree species will be curtailed. This process can be really damaging to the health of the forest in the long run, and even in the short term.”

Read the full Penn State News article here.

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)