Category Archives: Songs and Stories

End of the Line: Episode 28 – Finale

End of the Line: a “finale” to the excellent podcast series that, as it has over the past two years, presents a concise, well produced summary of the Virginia fight to stop the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. Thank you, End of the Line folks!

Although Episode 28 wraps up their regular installments, they plan to return for quarterly, longer-format episodes in the future. In this “Finale,” End of the Line speaks to some familiar voices about where the pipeline struggles stand right now, and what lies ahead. Original air date: 07/05/19

This Fight Is Now

New video from ARTivism Virginia. Follow one Mountain Valley Pipeline resister from Southwest Virginia as she journeys to stand with the Union Hill Community in their resistance against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and its proposed compressor station. Bernadette “BJ” Brown speaks a simple and profound truth to those resisting new fossil fuel infrastructure anywhere: “We will win. Because if we lose – there won’t be anyone here to win. “This Fight is Now” is a collaboration of ARTivism Virginia and Lights and Years.

New Broken Ground Podcast


Broken Ground is a podcast by the Southern Environmental Law Center “digging up environmental stories in the south that don’t always get the attention they deserve, and giving voice to the people bringing those stories to light.”

Demand for Power, episode 3 of Broken Ground, is now live, and tells John and Ruby Laurys’ story of stepping up in Buckingham County to defend their farm and neighbors when pipeline developers won’t back down from pursuing a risky, polluting project that’s become obsolete.

Listen here.

Radio Feature: Court Challenges to ACP


In a 5-minute feature story airing on April 30, 2019, WMRA’s Andrew Jenner brings us up to speed on the complicated landscape of environmental challenges to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The story includes interviews with Patrick Hunter (Southern Environmental Law Center), Lewis Freeman (Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance) and Karl Neddenien (Dominion spokesperson).

SUN SiNG Review


“To the River”, a new no pipeline anthem written by Joshua Vana and arranged, performed and filmed by the SUN SiNG collective, premiered at the SUN SiNG Concert: April 26, 2019.

There was no studio time in the creation of this video. “To the River” was recorded and filmed along the MVP & ACP fracked gas pipeline routes in areas of devastation using the Sun Bus. The Sun Bus is a cargo van with a concert level sound and recording system within it that is powered by the solar panels mounted to its roof. The Sun Bus was designed and custom built by SUN SING executive producer, Graham Smith-White.

The SUN SiNG project had these goals: 1) lift up the pipeline resistance and future lovin’ hearts of those long fighting the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines with a magical theatrical concert 2) tell the story of these corrupt robberies to the newcomer 3) create a new no pipeline anthem and song video for the work and messaging ahead for all pipeline fights everywhere 4) strengthen our ability to respond as a state and as a region to this serious threat 5) create a yes for the #SolaRevolution to come 6) have the SUN SiNG collective create trust, ensemble and an entire body of no pipeline music and art 7) empower new artists for ARTivism Virginia and 8) raise money to support Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice and the work ahead.

Thanks to all who made this possible. There were 60 volunteers in and in front of that theater on April 26 and every single one of them was generous, talented and essential. Together everyone joined joy with concern, and you are invited to do the same.

For “Who Will Sing for Me?” video portraits of each member of the SUN SiNG collective and a you tube link for this video go to ARTivism Virginia on you tube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgOuscF5Bp8pMXD89KF68Qg/videos

Here’s just a glimpse of the power and magic brought to the SUN SiNG Concert: April 26 by ALL THE SAINTS THEATER COMPANY under the direction and with the creations of Lily Lamberta, SUN SiNG collective member. And this was just inside!

Videos and Slides from Spruce Creek Workshop

On behalf of Friends of Nelson and Jill and Richard Averitt, we thank those of you who spent your day with us at Spruce Creek in Nelson County a few weekends ago. We had an amazing time hearing from all of our speakers, connecting with old friends and making new ones, and enjoying the transition into this beautiful spring season.

Several speakers had slide presentations that they were not able to show (in the bright sunlight), and they have graciously shared them here:

Bill Limpert‘s presentation included:

  • Pipelines and Safety: Coatings and Geohazards
  • Bill’s letter to Virginia’s Department of Health and to the Department of Environmental Quality on possible public health impacts from the 3M Skotchkote Fusion Bonded Epoxy (FBE) used to coat the pipes for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP)
  • Letter to FERC by Tina L. Smusz, MD, endorsing pipeline coating concerns

Lakshmi Fjord‘s presentation included:

  • Slides on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Map of Injustice
  • A four minute video with Primilla Malik of Protect Orange County in Minisink NY, where in 2012 FERC approved a large compressor station, built near many homes, as part of a natural gas pipeline project. Since then many residents have been “Home Sick with Toxic Emissions”

Tom Hadwin‘s Slides on the economic need (actually, the lack thereof!) for the ACP, and the other available options.

Thanks to Chris Tandy from 350 Loudoun, we now have a YouTube link to the video of each speaker. If you couldn’t make it or just want to hear all the speakers again all six are available for watching here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4OGrXDDKsSF7RF3funcKiA

Please consider spreading the news by sending links to one of your favorites to friends and family. Again, thank you for participating in the gathering and making it a real success.

Together we are stronger!