This event is tomorrow, Saturday September 7, 2019. Last chance to register!
Our Air, Our Health, Our Common Future: The Fight to Save Union Hill
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1 PM – 4 PM, Union Hill, Virginia
Join friends, neighbors and Virginians leading the fight to protect our communities against corporate polluters for a Town Hall to address this important question: What kind of Commonwealth are we?
Refreshments will be served immediately following the event program. Please register on our Eventbrite web page (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-air-our-health-our-common-future-the-fight-to-save-union-hill-tickets-69378548105) so you have all the details and directions to the event (and to give us an accurate head count for food!).
Further information on the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/506866846742060/) or on our Events page.
The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it will extend the comment period to receive input from the public on the agency’s proposed rule to amend environmental review procedures of projects on Forest Service lands. The new comment deadline is Monday August 26, 2019. The previous comment deadline had been Monday, August 12.
The proposed rule change would effectively eliminate for most projects the opportunity for public input. The Forest Service is presenting the new rules as “simplifying” their processes, but what it really means is that the Forest Service could do what it wants when it wants, without public oversight or input.
Additional background is in our August 8 post, Urgent Appeal from the Outdoor Alliance.
Please use the Outdoor Alliance Web page and call to action at ourforestsourvoice.org to submit your comments and let your voice be heard!
In a setback for the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has denied a key water quality permit for the proposed pipeline. The 72-mile extension of the Mountain Valley Pipeline would run through Virginia’s Pittsylvania County, and then through Rockingham and Alamance Counties in North Carolina. The permit is required under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act and would allow the pipeline company to temporarily or permanently impact multiple streams, wetlands and more than eight acres of protected riparian buffers in the Haw River watershed. Submitted in November 2018, the permit application is incomplete without information from FERC’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which is not expected until July.
For more information, see the press release from Appalachian Voices. For press coverage, see the Burlington NC Times-News article.
The Air Pollution Control Board meeting scheduled for Monday December 10, 2018, has been rescheduled to Wednesday December 19 at 10:00 am. The meeting will be held in the same location: First Floor House Committee Room, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
The following is an account posted on Facebook by Water Is Life. Protect It on July 26, 2018.
Stand with Union Hill: The story of stark environmental racism gains and needs new allies to be told, to be shouted from the mountain top. This week’s meeting [week of July 23, 2018] between Union Hill and Dominion/ACP brought new allies and a terrifying glimpse of a complete disregard for safety on the part of Dominion Energy.
One Buckingham County witness wrote of the photos here: “Reverend Kevin Chandler, President of the Virginia NAACP came to Union Hill to announce that the powerful civil rights organization has taken a position against the ACP pipeline and the proposed Union Hill compressor station.
The uneasy looking group of white men in the foreground of the next photo—those are Dominion executives. They and five others had come to a community meeting in Pastor Paul Wilson’s Union Hill Grove Baptist Church to try to reassure the African-American community that the compressor station and the pipeline would be safe and would not hurt them. However, they seemed increasingly anxious when they were asked to describe the size of the kill zone in the event of a pipeline leak or a compressor station disaster. They said they just couldn’t answer the question which they were asked in three different ways. They also were forced to admit that they hadn’t even drafted their emergency response plan in the event that something were to go wrong at the compressor station they want to build in within yards of the homes of Union Hill—an historic African-American Community.
Meanwhile, a US Justice Department official, Suzanne Buchanan of the federal community relations service (with Pastor Paul) showed up. She said she realized that the people of Union Hill were feeling frustrated and unheard. She watched with what appeared to be astonishment when the dominion executives were unable to describe the dimensions of the Kill zone.
If the people of Union Hill were skeptical and even frightened at the prospect of the compressor station and its pipeline coming to their community before tonight by the time the meeting was over they were much more wary.
A report from Appalachians Against Pipelines on actions in Roanoke court on July 26, 2018: Pipeline fighters from all along the MVP’s path of destruction rallied outside the courthouse after four defendants accepted plea agreements. Fern was taken into custody and will be confined for 2 days for occupying an 11-day blockade that prevented further destruction. The three folks arrested for attempting to resupply Nutty at the monopod all received $100 fines. For details see the Roanoke Times article.