Event will protest planned pipeline

Published 5:47 pm Thursday, August 11, 2016

WINGINA — Friends of Buckingham (FOB) is set to participate in Hands Across Our Land (HAOL) on Thursday, Aug. 18.

FOB, a group opposed to the proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, is planning a coordinated action at the James River Bridge at Wingina.

“We will join with Nelson, Buckingham and residents from all over as we celebrate our unity and join our hands in common cause,” said Chad Oba, the FOB chair. “This is the second annual National HAOL event to resist unnecessary and deadly pipelines and their infrastructures, including the mega-sized compressor station sited for Buckingham County. Please come out and support your neighbors as we stand for the right to live in healthy communities.” 

According to the release, interfaith prayers will be offered near the site of a 53,515 horse power, natural gas fired proposed compressor station at 5 p.m. as part of the event.

Those interested in attending are asked to meet at Union Hill Church, Route 663, at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

“Grassroots groups across the nation hold actions in their local communities,” said Hands Across Our Land Coordinator Sharon Ponton, “as a symbol of solidarity in the fight communities are facing all over our country against the continued use of fossil fuels.”

This is a corrected story of the original, changed on Monday, Aug. 15.