Help shed some light on what the fossil fuel corporations rather we not see. Let's demand that our state leaders protect our homes and protect our Elizabeth River!
Virginia Natural Gas has already broken ground to build a 24-inch gas pipeline line that will connect to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and bring fracked-gas into Hampton Roads. The nine-mile-long Southside Connector Project will extend from Salter Street in Norfolk to a VNG facility near Bainbridge Boulevard in Chesapeake. The pipeline's route will require easements taken from private property in several established neighborhoods that are home to vibrant predominately African American communities.
Property owners along the route do not want this pipeline. Homes along utility easements would find themselves next to potential blast zones 800 to 1600 feet wide. Property values of entire neighborhoods would be affected. VNG says they need no state oversight in spite of potential major disruptions to our homes, wildlife and rivers.
The planned route takes this pipeline across the Elizabeth River, boring through sediment layers from Harbor Park to a shipyard in the Berkley neighborhood, through sediment containing centuries of toxic industrial waste -- the EPA has designated Harbor Park/St. Paul's Quadrant a brownfield hazardous area in need of remediation.
As the rest of the world transitions to renewable energy, we do not want to finance fossil fuel infrastructure that will be a financial burden for the next 40 years. Building this infrastructure would help justify the fracking of gas for decades into the future, rather than encouraging the development of renewables.
See http://va.mothersoutfront.org/pipelines for information on why this pipeline is unnecessary and a hazard to our community.