NAACP chapters calling for a halt to pipeline construction
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham chapter and the Virginia State chapter of the NAACP are calling for a halt to all construction activities on the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines.
They're calling the construction of these pipelines "environmental racism," saying that the pipeline would run through a predominately black neighborhood.
In a letter to the Department of Environmental Quality, the president of the VA state chapter writes, "Rich aquatic life, safe recreational opportunities, healthy wildlife habitat, and clean drinking water resources are in jeopardy if we do not step back and halt all construction activities.."
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According to that letter, the pipelines would cut through Union Hill, a historically black community.
Monica Robinson, the president of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham chapter of NAACP, said they are in full support of the Virginia State chapter.
"We have to start taking back things that belong to us," she said. "We can't continually allow harms to be put upon our people without speaking up and this would be another harm. We cant allow that to happen."
We reached out to Dominion Energy, the company behind the construction of the pipelines, and it says the lines would benefit the community.
The statement reads in part: "We sincerely believe this project is going to improve the quality of life for all Virginians, including residents of Union Hill. We value the contributions they've made in making this a stronger and better project."
You can read the full statement below: