Dominion Pipeline Update from The Augusta County Alliance

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The Augusta County Alliance is dedicated to preserving our rural landscape and economy, our clean air and water, and our abundant wildlife habitat and historic resources. The Alliance believes that engaged citizens and landowners can make a compelling case that a huge 42-inch gas transmission line should not tear through our county.

The Augusta County Alliance recommends two very worthwhile videos that you will want to watch and pass on to everyone you know.

The first is a brand-new song by Augusta County folk singers Robin & Linda Williams.  You probably know them from Garrison Keillor’s weekly radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.”  Thanks to these very talented folks as well as videographer Richard Adams (he doesn’t want the pipeline either!) for producing this “theme song” for our struggle to STOP this proposed Pipeline.

Robin & Linda Williams: “We Don’t Want Your Pipeline” Song

After you have gotten totally jazzed from Robin & Linda’s song, then watch this locally-made 19-minute documentary about this pipeline and pipelines in general. It will send shivers down your spine!

No to the Proposed Pipeline Documentary

Once you have watched these two videos, then go take a hike.  Really.  The Southern Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Potomac Appalachian Trail Club has just published its hike schedule for October through December. It features a series of “pipeline hikes” that includes every trail in the path of the proposed pipeline from Shenandoah Mountain in Highland and Augusta Counties to the crest of the Blue Ridge in Augusta and Nelson Counties. There are 5 hikes in the GWNF (Shenandoah Mountain – Signal Corps Knob – Georgia Camp – Braley Pond – Hankey Mountain area) and 1 on the AT on the Blue Ridge.  Most of the hikes are about 6 miles. The club welcomes anyone on their hikes.

See SSVC-PATC hike schedule.

What else can you do? Well, the Augusta County Board of Supervisors meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in Verona. Although the pipeline might or might not be on the agenda each night, it is always a good idea to attend the meetings, show the county leaders that we support what they are doing to hold Dominion accountable, and tell the supervisors that this issue will be our top concern from now until the pipeline is no longer threatening our county.

What else can you do?

1. Keep those letters to FERC coming (they are listening) and remember to copy them to the Augusta County Alliance (instructions here).

2. Write letters to the editor…make sure this issue does not go away.

3. Write letters to your U.S. Senators, Congressmen, Virginia Senators, Delegates, the Governor, and your supervisors.

4. Let us know if you want signs, bumper stickers, lapel stickers, or fact sheets.

5. Are you in the pipeline path and do you have a personal story to tell?  Let us know so we can put a human face on this disastrous project.

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