Pipeline opponents to hold protests

Published 1:23 pm Tuesday, August 29, 2017

RICHMOND — Opponents of the Atlantic Coast (ACP) and Mountain Valley (MVP) pipelines announced plans to protest Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 12-14 at seven Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) offices in what they’re referring to as “People’s Pipeline Protest.”

The ACP — being led by Dominion — is a 600-mile natural gas pipeline that would begin in West Virginia, span Virginia and end in North Carolina. A 42-inch pipeline would span Buckingham County, and cross Cumberland and Prince Edward counties. The project has been hotly contested in Buckingham.

“Leaders from a wide range of groups — including Virginia Interfaith Power and Light, Virginia Organizing and 350 Loudoun — announced they will now organize their own ‘comment period’ for three days at each DEQ office,” officials said in a press release. “The protests will include rallies, a day of prayer led by clergy and a sit-in.”

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The release cited protests would take place at DEQ offices in Richmond, Roanoke, Virginia Beach, Harrisonburg, Abingdon, Woodbridge and Glen Allen.