The Community Action Circle is dedicated to supporting BIPOC-led movements for change within our local community, putting into practice our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and the colonial legacy of white supremacy.
COMMUNITY ACTION CIRCLE
#NOMVP SOUTHGATE WATER WALK
We will walk Sunday, May 2, taking moments to remember why we are doing this, we are protecting our Mother Earth, we are protecting the water, protecting Women.
We are planning the walk beginning where the MVP Southgate starts and will end at the end of MVP Southgate ends at ACC. we are planning the route now, and we are asking for teams to walk sections (5 miles, 3 miles, how much ever they want to.
Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 | 10:00 AM
Location: Lambert Compressor Station
987 Transco Road, Chatham, VA 24531
WHAT WE'RE UP TO
RESISTING THE MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE (MVP) & THE SOUTHGATE EXTENSION PROJECT
Our efforts right now are focused on following the lead of local Indigenous leaders who are encouraging us to learn as much as we can about the proposed MVP project, assist in spreading awareness about the pipeline and the detrimental impacts it would cause if it were to be built, and show up to help organize and mobilize other folx to confidently respond and resist.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a proposed 42-inch interstate natural gas pipeline that would run 301 miles from northwestern West Virginia to south-central Virginia. The route of the pipeline crosses the Allegheny Highlands straddling the border between West Virginia and Virginia, threatening pristine forests, headwaters, and steep fragile terrain, as well as many farms, communities, and other properties all along its path.
The project is facing significant opposition from landowners and citizens along its path.1 The project backers are a consortium of natural gas companies led by EQT, which will be the operator. EQT is one of the country’s top gas producers, producing around 2.5 Bcf/d primarily in the Marcellus Formation in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The pipeline is intended to feed into the existing Transco Pipeline (owned by Williams) that runs roughly northeast to southwest through Virginia. That pipeline is slated to be expanded and made bidirectional so that gas can be delivered along its route from New Jersey to Texas. (Source: Price Of Oil)
COMMUNITY LEADERS & PARTNERS
7 Directions of Service & Crystal Cavelier Keck of Mebane, NC, is a member of the Occoneechee Band of the Saponi Nation and is the founder of the Missing Murdered Indigenous Coalition of North Carolina (MMIWNC). member of the Occineechee band of the Saponi Nation. Learn more by reading this spotlight article put together by Haw River Assembly.
WAYS TO TAKE ACTION
1. SPEAK UP AGAINST LAMBERT MVP/SOUTHGATE COMPRESSOR STATION BEFORE APRIL 9TH!
File your public comment before 5pm April 9th HERE by clicking MVP Compressor Station-Pittsylvania County, VA
Good instructions HERE
Further talking points/facts/concerns about this permit are HERE
The proposed Lambert Compressor Station would power Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate before the project has permits to cross Virginia and North Carolina waterways. The Lambert Compressor station would connect to the unfinished MVP, which is mired in litigation, $3 billion over budget, and has racked up more than 300 water violations. Although NC’s Department of Environmental Quality denied a state water permit, the VA DEQ is moving forward with the air permit application
Another rural community without extensive broadband being targeted by a noisy unhealthy fracked gas compressor station in the middle of a pandemic and a climate crisis? That would be no.
2. FUND THE MVP PROTEST RUN!
On April 24th, 2021 a team of four women will be running 415 miles from West Virginia to Virginia paralleling the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) construction path. The purpose of the run is to protest the building of the MVP, document the community and environmental impact of the pipeline, and raise donations to benefit the impacted community.
3. JOIN THE WATER QUILT PROJECT to honor and protect the waterways of Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina threatened by the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
Many ways to creatively participate.
To learn more and participate in the project sign on HERE or write:
Related Media: Welcome to the Water Quilt Project video
4. SIGN PETITION TO STOP LNG EXPORTS
Without export, our current fracked gas infrastructure is more, way more, than enough to meet our domestic needs as we transition to renewables. With export, we will be sacrificing our water, land, farms, and homes for corporate profit only.
ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN OUR COMMUNITY ACTION EFFORTS!
This circle is the counterpart to our Belonging In Practice Circle. We encourage our comrades involved in the Belonging In Practice Circle to join us in this active space so that together we may strengthen our embodied commitment to building people power toward a just, resilient, and regenerative future.