Category Archives: Songs and Stories

End of the Line: Episode 11, Voice


End of the Line:  Episode 11, Voice.  Inside the State Water Control Board meetings for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines, where many opponents thought a vote in favor of water certification was a foregone conclusion for both projects, a chorus of voices makes space for courage and power. Original air date: 12/15/17.

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End of the Line: Episode 10, Watershed

End of the Line:  Episode 10, Watershed.  The State Water Control Board will vote on water certification for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines during the week of December 6-12, 2017. In this episode, we visit Bottom Creek, one of the few Tier 3 streams in Virginia which would be crossed by the MVP. Additionally, we look at whether the DEQ’s process has really been “scientific and transparent” for the public. Original Air Date: 12/01/17

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End of the Line: Episode 8, Election


End of the Line podcasts cover conflicts over pipeline construction in Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states. In Episode 8, Election, they take a look at the impact that the pipelines have had on state elections in 2017, and how the political conversation has changed over the last three years. Original Air Date: 11/3/17.

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End of the Line: Episode 7, Necessity


End of the Line podcasts cover conflicts over pipeline construction in Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states. A week prior to the original air date of of Episode 7: Necessity, FERC granted the “Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity” for both the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. What does this mean for pipeline fighters, and more importantly, are these pipeline projects really needed in order to meet energy demand for the Mid-Atlantic? In this episode, we get a lesson in the history of energy demand in the United States, plus a look at what is really driving energy holding companies to get into the pipeline building business.

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End of the Line: Episode 3, “Heart”


End of the Line podcasts cover conflicts over pipeline construction in Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states. In Episode 3: “Heart,”  we hear about the human cost of the heart of a pipeline.

In Union Hill neighborhood of Buckingham county, a plot of land is proposed as the site of a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Compressor stations are the heart of the pipeline, pressurizing gas to be pumped across hundreds of miles. A compressor station is the lynchpin of a pipeline, as well as the most dangerous piece of infrastructure. Union Hill neighborhood, where the station is proposed to be built, is a predominantly African-American neighborhood founded by slaves freed after the Civil War. How does the history of this neighborhood coincide with the construction of a large, noisy, dirty and dangerous compressor station? How have the people most affected by its construction responded? Have elected officials or corporate decision makers heard their voices?

In the midst of turmoil surrounding historic erasure in the south, this episode tells the unique and troubling story of land, ownership and theft in the neighborhood of Union Hill, Buckingham County, Virginia.