Pipeline opposition holds demonstration in Richmond

Pipeline opposition holds demonstration in Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - People across the country, including right here in Central Virginia, came together to say "no" to two proposed pipelines that would deliver natural gas through Virginia.

Protesters in Richmond gathered at noon at the Dominion Headquarters on 8th and East Cary Street.

"We're in solidarity with all the communities across the state that are fighting natural gas infrastructure coming through our state and communities," said organizer Whitney Whiting.

"Hands Across our Land" is a grassroots effort spear-heading the campaign. Demonstrations are also being held in Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina and Oregon.

"This is important, because the governor, his energy policies right now are pretty much Dominion's energy policies. [They] are prioritizing hazardous, costly natural gas infrastructure when we  could be investing in renewable. We should be investing in renewable, that should be our new Virginia economy," Whiting said.

This latest round of protests comes as new ads hit the airwaves, showing support for the pipeline.

"We feel confident that the Dominion and Atlantic Coast [pipeline is] in the public good, but ultimately it's a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision. They make the decision if it's the public's best interest. We feel it we know there's an urgent need for energy in Virginia and North Carolina, and the Atlantic Coast pipeline can meet that need," said Dominion spokesperson Frank Mack.

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