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Pledge to resist the acp & mvp pipelines


Sign the pledge to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline for fracked gas and protect our land, water and climate.

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Pledge to resist the acp & mvp pipelines


Sign the pledge to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline for fracked gas and protect our land, water and climate.

Why we're taking action

We are facing an unprecedented expansion of fracked-gas infrastructure in Virginia. EQT and NextEra are proposing to build the 301-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline from the shale fields of West Virginia through southwest Virginia. Dominion Resources is proposing to build the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline from those same shale fields, through central Virginia, to North Carolina. These are just two of four major pipeline projects being proposed for Virginia, and 19 across the Appalachian Basin.

Imagine nearly 1,000 new miles of pipelines crossing our rivers, bisecting our family farms without our permission, and cutting through our forests, triggering erosion, deforestation, and direct harm to drinking water. Imagine triggering the greenhouse gas equivalent of double what Virginia’s existing power plants emit at a time when Virginia’s coastline is already drowning due to climate change and sea-level rise.

Our local communities have asked for protection. We’ve petitioned, we’ve called, we’ve lobbied, we’ve rallied, we’ve marched. But our actions have not yet succeeded in stopping these pipelines.

Despite significant opposition, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the first of the proposed pipelines: the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The DEIS for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is expected in December 2016. By spring, if FERC continues to act as a rubber stamp for the gas industry, and our leaders do nothing, both projects could be approved. Construction could begin within the next 12 months.

So what should we do in response? What’s a reasonable escalation of our efforts to speak out and protect human health and human rights from these twin threats?

Inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux and the growing resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and by the successful resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline, we are pledging to resist Virginia’s pipelines with our bodies.

We began this resistance on October 5th, 2016. On that day, 23 of us from every corner of the state were peacefully arrested outside the front gate of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s mansion in Richmond. Tragically, the Governor supports both the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline despite the dangers and despite the fact that a majority of Virginians don’t want the pipelines.

Now, as we move forward, we’re asking you to join us. Sign the Pipeline Pledge of Resistance today.

We’re asking you to commit -- should it be necessary to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline or Atlantic Coast Pipeline -- to engage in serious, dignified, peaceful civil disobedience that could get you arrested. Or if you're not able to risk arrest, pledge to volunteer to support those able to do so.

If hundreds of us stand up and pledge to resist these pipelines, including — if necessary — pledging to participate in peaceful, dignified civil disobedience, we can convince our federal, state, regional and local leaders that going forward is no longer politically feasible for them. And that is our goal. Our goal is not simply to get arrested. Our goal is to stop these two pipelines from being built.

There is no specific time or place set for the proposed arrests. Not yet. Through climate change and the direct construction impacts, these pipelines affect every single one of us where we live. And the people who decide whether these pipelines get built live hundreds of miles from the actual construction routes. We want to be ready to act in our own home towns and in the state capital, and even in Washington, D.C. And we want to be ready to act at every remaining point in the decision-making process, from FERC's final review of each pipeline to the McAuliffe administration's review of each pipeline’s air and water permits.

You may be thinking: “I’ve never done anything like this before!” Well, neither had many of us before October 5th. But we’ve been inspired by the actions of protectors in the Dakotas, and we’ve been moved by the growing danger to our children, grandchildren, farms, faith communities and future. Plus, now we’ve learned the ropes, and we can teach you.

We need you. If you are so moved, please sign the Pipeline Pledge of Resistance today. Then share it with your friends and family so those who are ready to put their bodies on the line to put a stop to these pipelines can answer the call too.

Sincerely,                                                                    

Jennifer Alves, Leesburg VA

Quan Baker, Norfolk VA

Jim Barton, Monroe VA

Maria Bergheim, Leesburg VA

Russell Chisholm, Newport VA

David Copper, Staunton VA

Robert Dilday, Richmond VA

Reverend Dr. Terrence Ellen, Baltimore, MD

Chuck Epes, Richmond VA

Herb Fitzell, Richmond VA

Deborah Kushner, Nelson County VA

Katharine Layton, Fort Valley VA

John Mayeux, Luray VA

April Moore, Shenandoah County VA

Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Alexandria VA

Brad Pearce, Richmond VA

Isabella Pezzulo, Richmond VA

Rick Shingles, Newport VA

Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Takoma Park MD

Marjorie Wells, Midlothian VA

Kim Williams, Norfolk VA

Lee Williams, Richmond VA

Pastor Paul Wilson, Buckingham County

 

sign the pledge

“I pledge, if necessary, to join others in my community to engage in acts of dignified, peaceful civil disobedience that could result in my arrest. I will do so in order to send the message to our local, state, regional and federal leaders that they must reject the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline for fracked gas -- and all other pipeline projects that threaten our land, air, water, and climate.”

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