The Volunteer Pipeline Visual Assessment Program was developed by Trout Unlimited (TU) and West Virginia Rivers Coalition to support and train volunteer citizen observers to identify, document and report pollution incidents associated with large-scale pipeline development.
Through these webinars, you will learn about erosion control best management practices used in pipeline development, specific examples of pollution to look for, and how to best document those problems. After the webinar, you will be able to report pollution incidents to TU and WV Rivers.
To participate in the program, please register for one of the free webinar trainings. Space is limited.
Register for the webinar in the state you plan to monitor:
VA Specific Webinar: Tuesday, March 13th — 7:00pm-8:30pm. Register here.
WV Specific Webinar: Tuesday, March 27th — 7:00pm-8:30pm. Register here.
For more information, please contact Jake Lemon, TU’s Eastern Angler Science Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a March 2, 2018, editorial, the Staunton News Leader says citizen activism is “The only good byproduct of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.”
“In the nearly four years since we began reporting and writing about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, never did it seem unlikely that Dominion Resources would eventually get its way, ripping up our mountainsides, sawing through forests, bulldozing across streams and digging its way through the Shenandoah Valley. Perhaps Dominion has its own version of the state seal, with a motto beneath a vanquished opponent that’s edited to read, ‘Thus always to those who oppose Dominion.’ If they do, it’s because they bought it and paid for it, along with the rest of our state government. …. But they’ve created something else, unintentionally. Their project has given rise to a group of citizen activists who are not likely to stand down any time soon. …. And there’s no sign they’re going away, which is a good thing as Dominion’s plans move forward. Someone needs to be watching, and we have no confidence that the state agencies will assure that Dominion’s promises, as weak as they have been, actually line up with their actions.”
A new video, Beyond the Pipeline, focuses on ways individuals and communities in Augusta, Nelson, and Buckingham counties are coming together to stand up against the ACP.
Lee White: “It starts on the local level. We have to act. We have to step up. It’s our responsibility.”
Richard Averitt: “We’re fighting an extraordinarily powerful enterprise. And really, at its core, we’re fighting things that are so hard-baked into our legal system, and our society, and the incentives that are there, that you recognize when you get into this that it’s not really about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. That’s a symptom of a much, much bigger problem, and it’s going to take all of us to turn it around.”
Join us in the fight!
(A production of Amanda Joy Photographics, Conservation Division.)
The Nelson County Times for December 27, 2017, includes an excellent review of the fight against the ACP in Nelson County, featuring Joyce Burton, Eleanor Amidon, and Deborah Kushner. For them, as for may of us, Dominion’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline split life into before and after. “‘Boy, that was a different age,’ [Kushner] said. ‘The pre-pipeline age.’ And there’s now, when hundreds of residents continue to battle the project.”
The fight started with a handful of shocked residents trying to develop the best first step in resistance. Soon, local nonprofits and other organizations dedicated solely to fighting the pipeline began to form; they were joined by regional chapters of larger organizations.
“‘We have never seen this kind of uprising of people in this state on an environmental issue,’ David Sligh, an environmental attorney, former DEQ engineer, conservation director for Wild Virginia and investigator for the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch following the [Virginia State Water Control] Board’s Dec. 12 decision. ‘I’ve been working on these issues for over 35 years, and I have never seen this kind of effort. I have never seen this kind of unity. And that is important, and I think they recognize this.'”
Yes, we are still fighting! The pipeline is not a done deal!
No Pipelines! Action Camp is a two-day direct action camp designed to train the growing movement in Virginia against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. Greenpeace and regional trainers will teach participants ways to use our bodies to protect our communities, our lands, and our climate from powerful fossil fuel interests who want to carve up these beautiful mountains for profit. Understanding in nonviolent direct action is encouraged. Those with experience in direct action and training will have the option of attending a training-for-trainers on Friday September 15, 2017. More details to come after registration.
Big thanks to our partners Friends of Nelson, Blue Ridge Rapid Response, and Greenpeace USA