Richmond, VA -- This week, Food & Water Action launched an aggressive campaign to let Governor Northam know that Virginians don’t want fracked gas pipelines in their state. Through multiple call-in days, a barrage of emails, and the delivery of petition signatures, people were able to make their voice heard and to call on Northam to rescind permits and hold the fossil fuel industry accountable. The petition opposing the pipeline projects garnered 946 signatures, and volunteers made over 150 calls to Northam’s office.
Community members and clean water advocates have been fighting hard to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Extension and Transco Southeastern Trail Expansion from making it into the ground, where they will endanger air, water, and public health. With a number of dedicated environmental advocates now in office following this month’s stunning election results, there seems to be new hope for stopping these projects in their tracks.
Northam heard from constituents across the state, starting with an email blast engineered by the environmental group Mothers Out Front.
“Who in their right mind would hire a contractor who has broken the law repeatedly in two states already?” asked Mothers Out Front team member and Mountain Valley Watch volunteer Emily Satterwhite. “Mountain Valley Pipeline committed over 300 documented violations of Virginia state water quality laws in the first six months of construction alone. Governor Northam should not allow this incompetent company to expand its careless treatment of Virginians’ land and water.”
“Communities directly impacted by these disastrous pipeline projects don’t want them because pipelines threaten their livelihoods,” said Food & Water Action organizer Jolene Mafnas. “Virginians from across the state don’t want them because projects like these contribute to the climate crisis that will affect all Virginians. Northam’s apathetic response to these two new pipelines is grossly inexcusable but Food & Water Action will continue to push him to stop the buildout of fossil-fuel infrastructure and do right by Virginians.”
"People of faith know that more pipelines endanger our neighbors both near and far," said Jonathan Lacock-Nisly, Director of Faithful Advocacy for Interfaith Power & Light, which engages congregations in addressing climate change. "That's why we join caring congregations across Virginia in calling on the Governor to shift to cleaner power."
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