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Pipelines: A Threat to Virginia's History?

May 3, 2016
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Preservation Virginia released its annual list of historic places under threat -- of demolishment, development, or apathy. This year, those places include an old slave dwelling outside of Danville, a chapel that served as one of the oldest schoolhouses on the Northern Neck, and an historic African-American cemetery in Charlottesville. 

But, says the group, more of Virginia’s historic places are facing another kind of threat. 

New requirements to meet future, clean energy goals are raising new questions about what it will take to achieve them. Robbie Harris has this report on how that’s expanding the debate over natural gas pipelines proposed for Virginia.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Discussion Group

Plans for three new natural gas pipelines in Virginia have been the source of contention between environmentalists and energy companies.

That debate landed in Richmond, as environmental groups pushed for the repeal of a law that makes it easier for energy companies to survey private land. 
 

George Jones grew up in Giles County on a farm his father bought in 1924.

"This was before the Depression, and he paid for the farm by cutting timber. That was the primary source of his income," says Jones.

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Opponents to natural gas pipelines in Virginia are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to do a comprehensive review of all four of the proposed projects. 

Thirty organizations in Virginia are calling on FERC to take a bird’s eye view of the natural gas infrastructure to determine if 4 new pipelines, currently in the planning stages, are really necessary. The pipelines would bring fracked natural gas from West Virginia through Virginia into North Carolina. Opponents say they are a threat to the region’s water, scenic beauty and public safety.

Hands Across Our Land Focuses on Property Rights

Aug 17, 2015

Grassroots groups in eight states will conduct coordinated demonstrations against fossil fuel development they say is a threat to rural America.  Actions are planned tomorrow, (Tuesday, 8/19)  in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia and more. 

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