Al Gore to visit Virginia in environmental justice tour

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UNION HILL, Va. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore plans to meet with residents of a historic African-American community in Virginia about a plan to build a natural gas pipeline station in their community.

Gore will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday in Union Hill, a community founded by freedmen and emancipated slaves after the Civil War.

The proposed site for the 54,000-horsepower compressor station for the Atlantic Coast pipeline has prompted fierce opposition from residents.

Gore will be joined by the Rev. William Barber II as part of an environmental justice tour highlighting what they say is the connection between poverty, racism and ecological devastation.

The meeting comes weeks after a racial scandal rocked state government when both Gov. Ralph Northam and state Attorney General Mark Herring acknowledged wearing blackface in the 1980s.