Pipeline demonstrators plant 'seeds of resistance'

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STUARTS DRAFT, Va. (WHSV) - Dozens of demonstrators took a stand against a proposed natural gas pipeline project on Monday by planting corn seeds.

The ceremony, called "Seeds of Resistance," was organized in part by the Augusta County Alliance.

The corn seeds were first planted in Nebraska by the Cowboy & Indian Alliance to protest the Keystone XL pipeline in 2014.

The seeds hold sentimental value to those in the Ponca tribe, out of Oklahoma.

"It's not only used as food [and] nourishment, but also as medicine," said Mekasi Horinek, a coordinator with Bold Oklahoma and a member of the Ponca tribe. "This corn is a sacrament."

The seeds were planted on land in Stuarts Draft that is part of the proposed route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Last month, the Augusta County Board of Supervisors sent a letter to Dominion, which said the planned route "was not the most advantageous," and "lacked the legal authority to enter onto property."

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