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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.

Done Deal? Listen to the Podcast


Now available!  Listen up! Episode 1 of the new End of the Line podcast series: Done Deal?

The pilot episode presents the question that landowners along the routes of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline have been facing every day for nearly three years: are these pipelines really a “done deal?” How are residents fighting against them? Can they win? It traces the beginning of the current pipeline struggles to central and southwestern Virginia, uncovering connections between the MVP and the ACP. It looks back to the early 2000s, when Dominion lost the proposed Greenbrier Pipeline — an almost identical pipeline to the currently proposed MVP. Organizer Mara Robbins tells how Floyd County was able to get the MVP re-routed away from their county in the fall of 2014. Also on this episode are Sharon Ponton, Ernie Reed, Connie Brennan, Carolyn Reilly, and Mike Carter. Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

Veterans on the ACP Route

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The Augusta County Alliance ran this full page ad in the Staunton News-Leader on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, featuring veterans whose property is threatened by the ACP: Charlotte Rea (Nelson), Alex Sproul (Augusta), Dick Averitt (Nelson), Joseph Kester, Jr. (Highland), and Delbert Simmons (Bath). Since it was a full page ad, it is too big to reproduce here with readable small print, but if you go to the Augusta County Alliance Web page, they have posted the section on each veteran separately. Nicely done!

Story Map Project

The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition (DPMC) has initiated a Story Map Project to promote informed decision making for the proposed pipelines across the central Appalachian mountains and valleys.

Story Maps provide a means to integrate online GIS maps with text, photos, graphics, and videos to tell a story, make a case, summarize an issue, etc. Visit the ESRI Story Map Gallery to see examples of Story Maps on environmental and sustainability topics.

Lynn Cameron, DPMC Steering Committee member, has created the first Story Map. See: Unique Shale Barrens Threatened by the ACP

Additional ACP Story Maps are planned, including the following that are currently under development:

  • Karst Hydrology and the ACP
  • A Comparative Terrain Analysis for the ACP Route
  • Critical Zones for Erosion and Sediment Control
  • Forest Fragmentation and the ACP
  • ACP Blast Radius and Evacuation Zone
  • General Versus Individual Permits for the ACP
  • The Question of Need and Necessity

Visit and like the DPMC Facebook page to learn when new Story Maps are published and to share Story Maps with others.

And consider joining their Story Map Project. They have assembled a Story Map Team to publish Story Maps and provide technical and GIS support on the range of environmental, cultural, and legal problems associated with pipeline construction.

Contact the DPMC Story Map Team (see DPMC website for contact info) to discuss Story Map ideas and proposals.

“A Step Backward”: New Film on the Pipeline

Arlo-opening-captureArlo Bloom is a 14-year-old Nelson County resident who will be a 9th grader at Nelson County High School in September 2015. For his 8th grade end of the year school project he created an 18-minute documentary about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the issues concerning it. He has posted it on YouTube and would like to share it with the community. Please like, and share this with friends, family, etc. The more views and support the better! In the documentary, speaking about the ACP, Supervisor Connie Brennan says, “Young people really need to take this seriously because this is our land, this is our world, and we need all of you to stand up and say, ‘Hey! Hello! You’re leaving all of this to us! What can we do? What should we be doing? What do we want to see for the future?'” Many thanks to Arlo, who has has done a brilliant job of standing up and doing something!