I first witnessed Elizabeth McCommon address a crowd in December of 2014, just a few months before we were formally introduced, at an open house for the Mountain Valley Pipeline held in the Salem Civic Center. A press conference had been organized by the opposition… Read More
“We’ve lived here 30 years and we wouldn’t live anywhere else. We love visiting the city but we enjoy coming home. We’ve had opportunity to move a couple times through jobs, but we never did.” “What is it about this place that draws you back?” “Well,… Read More
Though residents of Bent Mountain have denied access to surveyors regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline, many received letters that routing, cultural, and environmental surveys would begin in the area between July 6 and July 31. Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC writes on their website that the pipeline is being routed “to avoid environmentally sensitive areas to the greatest extent possible.” On July 6, neighbors, friends, and families in the community began patrolling the roads, taking turns in shifts and alerting each other to the presence of surveyor’s on each other’s properties by way of texts, calls, and social media updates.
When driving through Franklin County, the first thing you might notice is the landscape. It undulates. Hill after hill of fertile ground provides prime estate for farmers, ideal for livestock and crops of all kinds. What was once an entirely rural farming community has developed into… Read More