July 6, 2014
Over the past few weeks, several small community groups have emerged hoping to spread more awareness about the proposed Dominion Services natural gas pipeline.
The pipeline would run from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina.
A new community group is trying to place some roadblocks in front of Dominion Resources, hoping to delay the project all together.
It has been one month since more than 100 Nelson County residents met to address their concerns about the possibility of a natural gas pipeline cutting straight through their properties.
They had received letters from Dominion Resources asking permission to survey their land.
After discussing ways to tell Dominion they were not interested in the surveying of their properties, several members of the community are going forward with action.
"We need to stop it if at all possible. I think it would ruin the way of life for many many people," says Free Nelson Creator Marion Kanour,
Kanour organized what started out as a Facebook group spreading awareness about what was going on with the pipeline, turned now into a training ground for a response team.
A team that plans to use non-violent tactics to make the surveying process a little more challenging.
"We want to get in the line of sight because it's hard to survey if people who will be singing and waving banners will be obscuring your vision. That's our real hope, to slow the process, " says Kanour.
Essentially making it so difficult Dominion Resources will not want to pursue the pipeline in the area at all.
"We're hoping that if this pipeline has to go through at all that it won't come through our county, which is dependent on tourism and natural beauty in order to make a living that sustains so many of us here in addition to our farming. This is intended to go through both farm land and tourism land. We're really hoping to block it," says Kanour.
Free Nelson is inviting the community to come out to a public discussion and a viewing of a documentary about the pipeline on Wednesday from 11:30 AM - 1PM at Grace Episcopal Church in Massies Mill.