On May 3, 2018, morning commuters on Route 7 in Northern Virginia were greeted by a message to Ralph Northam. The Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipelines proposed for the state put the people and the climate at great risk. The governor needs to order a stream by stream analysis of these pipelines, and issue stop work orders to halt construction until that analysis is done to allow further public review. Please call Governor of Virginia at (804)-786-2211 to make this demand.
At the Virginia Pipeline Resisters regular Wednesday rally in Richmond on May 2, 2018, they unfurled the new Virginia flag, with Northam and his corrupt money over felled trees and the Latin quote saying ‘Thus sold to tyrants.’ They said, “This flag represents what your legacy, Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam, will be if you don’t stand up against corporate abuse and the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. Keep your promises, require a stay of construction and stream by stream analysis now.”
Saying that pipelines pose a clear threat to Virginia’s drinking water, and are an abuse of eminent domain, 18 Democratic committees across Virginia (including Nelson’s) teamed up to release a May 4, 2018, statement against the pipeline. They called on Governor Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring, and DEQ to act to stop the ACP and MVP. “Our citizens should not be forced to hand over Virginia’s pristine landscape and safe drinking water to corporate profiteers who care little, if at all, for the well-being of our communities.” For the full text of the statement, see the WSLS coverage or the Blue Virginia coverage.