Letter: Natalie Pien, Leesburg

Editor: As a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun, I am speaking out against two natural gas pipelines proposed in Virginia.  The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline will cut through rural, central Virginia. The ACP will transport fracked natural gas from West Virginia to North and South Carolina while the MVP will transport gas to Pittsylvania County.

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with roots in Christianity. UUs do not adhere to a specific creed but covenant to affirm and promote Seven Principles.  Many UU Principles are violated by the ACP and MVP.

When mother/daughter tree sitters are denied support from family and friends for 34 days followed by fines of $1,000 per day each for sitting in trees on their own property, Principle 1: The inherent worth and dignity of every person, is violated.

When an African American grandmother must become an activist in retirement to fight a 24/7 noise and air polluting, huge 54,000 HP compressor station proposed just 150 feet from her home, Principle 2: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations, is violated.

When Dominion Power sites the one and only Virginia compressor station along the ACP in the 85 percent African American, Freedman founded community of Union Hill, Buckingham County, Principle 2: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations, is violated.

Environmental racism is evident.  When the 85 percent African American below national median income Union Hill Community faces the ACP 42″ diameter pipeline that exceeds the 24”-36” average while the 7.7 percent African American highest national median income Loudoun Community has only a 30” diameter pipeline and a much smaller 31,370 HP Loudoun Compressor station, Principle 2: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations, is violated.

When Dominion Power and EQT Partners introduce danger to life and livelihood of frontline communities, unneeded pipelines that can explode just like the recent explosion of a newly installed pipeline in W. VA, Principle 6: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, is violated.

When fossil fuel pipelines are built, exacerbating human induced climate change and threatening all life on Earth, Principle 7:  Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part is violated.

The ACP and the MVP are not only inconsistent Unitarian Universalist principles, but are indefensible in so many ways: safety; human health; property rights; social justice; environmental justice; and climate change.

Neither pipeline is needed. Both must be stopped. Contact Gov. Northam, Phone: 804-786-2211 or email.

Demand that he use his federally delegated authority to deny CWA Section 401 Water Permits for both pipelines.  Gov. Cuomo stopped pipelines in New York State using this same authority.  Virginia deserves no less.

Natalie Pien, Leesburg

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