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Protesters plan James River trip

RICHMOND — Opponents of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) are planning a four-day trip called “Journey the James” from Sept. 4-7 down the James River from Yogaville in Buckingham to Richmond.

According to a press release, their mission is to communicate the consequences and damage that two proposed pipelines, the ACP and the Mountain Valley Pipeline, would have on the James River watershed.

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.

“These controversial interstate energy projects would transport natural gas across wetlands and other sensitive ecosystems, near numerous sacred sites and through private land by questionably claiming the use of eminent domain,” officials said in the release.