Pipeline Protest & Vigils Around Virginia

Sep 12, 2017

Two days of anti-pipeline actions around Virginia begin today. They’re part of an effort to convince the governor to reject two natural gas pipeline projects awaiting approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  

Organizers of the pipeline protests are drawing a connection between extreme weather events and the role of fossil fuels in 

climate change.  The proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines would carry natural gas through the state. Mike Tidwell is Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. He is also a founding member, of a group called Interfaith Power and Light.

“This is a moral issue and we want to connect the moral dots in all of the events and proposed energy systems being put before Virginia.

The statewide protest action will include interfaith prayer vigils for hurricane victims. Faith leaders, students, and others are hoping to persuade Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to reject water permits needed by pipeline companies in order to proceed with the projects. Actions are planned to take place at 7 Department of Environmental Quality offices around the state.

September 13 and 14 Noon Events: DEQ Office Addresses and Points of Contact at each location


Virginia Beach, 5636 Southern Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462 • Lead organizer and point of contact: Quan Baker, Quan@chesapeakeclimate.org 
 Glen Allen (events at 2pm), 4949-A Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060• Lead organizer and point of contact: Jamshid Bakhtiari, jamshid@chesapeakeclimate.org 
 Woodbridge, 13901 Crown Court, Woodbridge, VA 22193• Lead organizer and point of contact: Danniele Fulmer, danniele@chesapeakeclimate.org 
 Harrisonburg, 4411 Early Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801• Lead organizer and point of contact: April Moore, april@shentel.net 
 Roanoke, 3019 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, VA 2401• Lead organizer and point of contact: Russell Chisholm, coffeeslinger@gmail.com 
 Abingdon, 355 Deadmore St., Abingdon, VA 24212• Lead organizer and point of contact: Robert Kell, robert@virginia-organizing.org 
 Richmond, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219• Lead organizer and point of contact: Jamshid Bakhtiari, jamshid@chesapeakeclimate.org