On the 14th of August, Virginia residents gathered in Riverbend Park upstream of Great Falls for a rally opposing several major fracked gas pipelines in their state. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is Dominion’s proposal and would among other things violate Native American burial grounds. Colombia Pipeline(owned by TransCanada) is pushing the WB Express pipeline expansion, a series of new compressor stations and 2.2 new miles of pipe in Fairfax County. Both would ship fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale “to market.” The market the gas industry is most interested in is gas export via the Cove Point LNG terminal and similar facilities, as global gas prices are as much as triple US prices.
This was the first in a national series of “Hands Across Our Land” protests against fracked gas and oil infrastruction projects by land defenders across the continent. Most are being held on Wednesday, August 17.
Video from Hands Across Our Land Featuring a speaker from Beyond Extreme Energy on what’s going on at FERC