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Sow Em on the Mountain – Second Sing


“Sow Em on the Mountain – Second Sing” hits anthem status as “Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia” strides into the center of its second week. Filmed June 23, 2017 at the Walking the Line Celebration Concert in Staunton, this second “Sow Em” film echoes and amplifies the walk’s clear and urgent call to witness what is too beautiful and precious to lose. The Robey Family Band leads with Lorie & Friends Jam, Love Army Ukulele Brigade, Lua, True Worship and voice over by Kay Leigh Ferguson. Join the walk. Sing again Sunday, July 2, 2017, 10 am at the Union Hill Baptist Church in Buckingham. Lend your voice, your help, your hope to stopping the pipelines!

Friends of Nelson Welcomes Pipeline Route Walkers to Nelson County


MEDIA ADVISORY

Contacts: Jessica Glendinning, (pipeline walker), 434-202-4285; Ernie Reed, Friends of Nelson, 434-249-8330

Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 1pm
Location: Three Ridges Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway, Mile Marker 12.9, Nelson County, VA (north of #664/Beech Grove Rd.)

Friends of Nelson and citizens of Nelson County will welcome the “Walking the Line” hikers to Nelson County, Tuesday, June 27 at 1 pm at Three Ridges Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They are tracing the proposed path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The walkers embarked over a week ago on the 2-week pilgrimage to draw public attention to the devastation that would be unleashed by the proposed pipeline. This 140-mile segment of the hike, which closely follows the proposed route, began on June 17 in Bath County and will end on July 2 in Buckingham County.

By meeting the affected people—and seeing firsthand the mountains, ridges, countryside, rivers, streams and wetlands that would be impacted by the proposed pipeline—the hikers will be able to speak from their hearts about the consequences of this highly destructive and unnecessary project.

Nelson County residents will be joining the hikers at Reed’s Gap as they hike east down along Beech Grove Road, where the proposed ACP would emerge after boring 4200’ through the mountain beneath the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail. They will be spending the night in Nellysford before continuing through Gullysville, then along the ridgetop of Roberts Mountain, which would be leveled by proposed construction.

The hikers will continue towards Wheeler’s Cove on their way to Wingina, the James River and eventually Buckingham County.

For more information see the Walking the Line Webpage at http://walkingtheline.org.

Organizers, pipeline walkers and impacted Nelson County residents will be available for interview.

Pipelines and Water Webinar, June 28, 2017


Join Appalachian Voices for a webinar exploring the significance of state-level water quality certification under the Clean Water Act § 401 and how to engage in the 401 process for the proposed interstate Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipeline projects

Find out how to monitor and protect our water sources from these potential projects!

Webinar speakers will share information about the upcoming state-level water certification process, how the public can engage in this process, and discuss the basics of how to do baseline water testing in wells and waterbodies potentially impacted by fracked gas infrastructure projects and why it is important. Presenters include Downstream Strategies, Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, and others.

No charge, but you need to REGISTER HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Beginning June 17: Walking the Line


Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia begins Saturday, June 17, 2017, and runs through Sunday, July 2.

It’s a walk of resistance and CELEBRATION along the proposed path of a fracked-gas pipeline (ACP). See for yourself what is on the line…the forest habitats, mountains, farms and homes that are in danger of irreversible destruction.

The walk starts on Saturday June 17, 2017, in Highland & Bath Counties with a Kick Off Rally at Noon at a historic family property on Sam Snead Highway in Bath (https://goo.gl/maps/JBeyY8Y2TMy), that is ‘On The Line.’

The walk will continue, following as closely as possible the proposed ACP path for 150 miles, through Bath, Augusta and Nelson Counties, into the heart of Virginia, Buckingham County – the site of the proposed toxin-emitting compressor station.

Join Walking the Line for a day, a weekend, or the whole two week adventure! Food is provided for a suggested $10 p/d donation (they need to know in advance), and their support truck will get you back to your vehicle at the end of the day, or following your days with the walk.

More information at http://www.walkingtheline.org/ (the daily schedule is here) or at https://www.facebook.com/events/677971072394149/

Watch the videos created by Walking the Line:

  • Sow ‘Em on the Mountain.  Create your own verse of Sow ‘Em On The Mountain and let us know you plan to come and sing it with us at the Celebration Concert when we film the second version of this song video. message us on facebook! You gonna reap just what you sow….
  • Follow water long enough, and Your water becomes Ours. At several points along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route, creeks and streams, including the headwaters of the Shenandoah and James River, will be irreversibly altered. At one point, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline proposes going under the James River. The question of how to respond to the pipe exploding, when it does, is one of many questions Dominion is not able to answer. To learn more about the effect of the proposed pipeline on our local water sources, explore the beautiful film, made last year ‘Troubled Waters: Voices from Bath.’ Or to begin, visit the 15 minute Vimeo version here: https://vimeo.com/191207599.
  • Walk with Me.  An invitation to join Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia for an hour, a day, or the entire two weeks. From a conversation with key organizers.
  • Why this fight?  A conversation with some, not remotely all, of the organizations and volunteers working to stop the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley fracked-gas pipelines. With Nancy Sorrells of Augusta County Alliance, Kirk Bowers of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Lee White of Walking the Line and Cville Rising, Joyce Burton of Friends of Nelson, Joseph Jeeva Abate of Yogaville Environmental Solutions – YES and Malik Olson of Walking the Line and Cville Rising. 
  • The Good News: or it’s a shame it takes an enemy. With Kirk Bowers of Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Randy Whiting and Joyce Burton of Friends of Nelson, Peter Anderson of Appalachian Voices, Nancy Sorrells of Augusta County Alliance, Joseph Jeeva Abate of Yogaville Environmental Solutions – YES and Lee White of Walking the Line and Cville Rising.
  • Thou Shalt Have no Dominion Here.  Focuses on the Buckingham Compressor Station as a stark example of environmental racism and injustice. With Pastor Paul Wilson of the Union Hill and Union Grove Baptist Churches, cultural anthropologist Lakshmi Fjord, PhD, from Friends of Buckingham and Joseph Jeeva Abate from YES (Yogaville Environmental Solutions).
  • “What Lies Beneath: Water Killer, Job Killer”.  Focuses on Augusta County and pipeline threats to water and jobs. With Nancy Sorrells of Augusta County Alliance.

 

Wintergreen Property Owners: Vote “YES” on Pipeline Covenant


Wintergreen property owners should vote ‘Yes” on the WPOA Pipeline Covenant. Go here if you need ballot. Deadline: July 4! There will be a Special Meeting of Members of the Association to be held at the Skyline Pavilion, 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, Virginia, on July 4, 2017 at 9:00am.

Property owners are being asked to approve a proposal to amend and insert the following text into Article IV, Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions of the Wintergreen Property Owners Association: “The Association shall not infringe upon or in any way inhibit or interfere with the Members’ Easements of Enjoyment in the Common Properties by permitting or allowing the above or below ground construction or installation of any lines, facilities, structures or any other appurtenances relating to the transmission of utilities on any Common Properties. This provision shall only apply to transmission line utilities and shall not apply to any utilities that cross upon, above or below any Common Properties for the purpose of providing services or utilities directly to the Association or any Members.”

Contact Governor McAuliffe and Protect our Water Today!


Tell the Governor to direct the Department of Environmental Quality to do its job to protect our water from pipelines.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) broke its promise to properly review the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines.

Please contact Governor McAuliffe today!

The DEQ is attempting to evade its responsibility to protect our drinking water. They must review all individual threats to water quality posed by these pipeline proposals. The DEQ must exercise its full authority to protect our waters! Instead they want to turn over authority to the Army Corps of Engineers to do a “blanket review” that will in no way adequately protect our forests and water. The Governor can direct the DEQ to do its job and we need your voice to help make that happen.

Contact the Governor’s office today by calling (804) 786-2211, or email the Governor’s chief of staff Paul Reagan at paul.reagan@governor.virginia.gov

You can use this handy script from Appalachian Voices if you like:

“Hello. My name is ______________ and I live in _________________ (city/town/county). I am calling because I am extremely disappointed in DEQ’s recent decision to forgo a thorough environmental review for the 401 Clean Water Act certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline. DEQ’s reversal means Virginia is giving up its right to review the impacts of the pipeline projects and allowing the Army Corps of Engineers to decide what is best for the streams and communities of our commonwealth. DEQ must do more to keep our water safe and clean! Governor McAuliffe, you have the power to deny these pipelines and at the very least ensure that a thorough environmental review is done to protect Virginia’s water.”