A brief video from Southern Environmental Law Center: The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a damaging, unnecessary project, has lost 8 required permits and is already obsolete. SELC and our clients will be before the Supreme Court of the United States in a case about the pipeline’s proposed Appalachian Trail crossing on protected federal lands at 10 a.m. on Monday February 24, 2020.
A year ago Sebastian Mlynarski and two others from NY came and interviewed property rights activists and Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents — Richard Averitt, the Limberts and Union Hill residents among others — about the injustice to landowners on the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Click here for the 6 minute video, This Land Is My Land, directed by Sebastian Mlynarski and Rachel Fleit, who hope to produce a feature-length documentary.
On December 19, 2019, the proposed Virginia Clean Economy Act was unveiled. The bill patrons are State Senator Jennifer McClellan (patron in the Senate), Delegate Rip Sullivan (patron in the House) Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (chief co-patron in the House), and Delegate Alfonso Lopez (chief co-patron in the House).
A two page document explains the Virginia Clean Economy Act – Frequently Asked Questions.
Press coverage and analysis of he Act is in a Blue Virginia article.
A wonderful new video from independent news outlet Grist. Eastern North Carolina is home to the environmental justice movement – and also to some of the state’s biggest threats to human and environmental health, the latest being the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The documentary was published in partnership with Southerly, a nonprofit media organization that covers ecology, justice, and culture in the American South.
Grist also published the December 3, 2019 article looking at the entire route of the 600-mile proposed pipeline: A Pipeline Runs Through It.
Nelson’s Richard Averitt was at the Envision Forum hosted by the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research and FERC on October 20-21, 2019. He was there along with a couple hundred energy company execs and government policy makers, and was asked to sit on a panel as the only landowner voice.
The gas industry media outlet, Natural Gas Intel, quoted some of Richard’s comments: “‘I think there’s a very serious question about whether eminent domain should ever be used to produce a for-profit export project. I think that’s inconsistent with our beliefs around property rights, but particularly when you look at how the courts have extended the right to eminent domain to include preliminary injunctions, or ‘quick take,’ that collapses on landowners to be an absolute destruction of your right to due process…. The idea that eminent domain is only used as a last resort is a false narrative from a landowner’s perspective. It is used in every pipeline case if it’s on the table. Because when you sit down at the negotiating table, one of the two parties can walk away with virtually no negative impact, and the other one loses everything they care about.’
“In addition, conditional permits issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission leave landowners powerless, Averitt said. Such permits allow companies to seize land and prepare it for pipeline construction, often destroying farmland even if the project never comes to fruition, he said. ‘To enable the taking of private citizen’s land and the destruction of that land at a time when those permits are still in question is unconscionable…that’s not an appropriate due process.'”
Richard thanks fellow landowner supporters Ron Evans and Mayor Kristin McLaughlin, with special thanks to Megan Gibson and Niskanen for getting them in the room.
And we thank Richard for so ably and articulately representing landowners!
Here are YouTube links for Richards comments and to the full panel discussion:
- Richard Opening Remarks – https://youtu.be/JPFtVEVguwg
- Richard Clip 1 – https://youtu.be/d1pTY3BxzUs
- Richard Q&A with Audience – https://youtu.be/OKJk52J-39A
- Richard Final Comment – https://youtu.be/Gz_uD0nwE_s
- 1 Hour Long Panel Full Video – https://youtu.be/B7TCV-jTt3w
To download all of the above, click here.
Read the full Natural Gas Intel article here.
Lynn Limpert says, “I have been working on this for a while. it started as a song but I’m not a very good singer. I thought I’d better share it now if I am ever going to.”