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The North Carolina Alliance to Protect Our People And The Places We Live (APPPL) has organized a walk along the 205 mile proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in NC beginning on Saturday March 4 at the Virginia-North Carolina border in Northhampton County and ending two weeks later in Hamlet.
Indigenous people in North Carolina call the Atlantic Coast Pipeline the DAPL of the southeast. It will, if built, endanger water, homes and families, farms, schools, and churches close to the pipeline route. It’s also a cornerstone of Duke Energy’s plan to build 12,000 MW of new gas-fired electrical generation in NC. The $5.5 billion, multi-state project will cross rivers, tear up mountains and national forests, go under public water supplies, and harm farmland and wetlands. It will bring toxic, dangerous gas from the fracked sacrifice zones of West Virginia into historically African-American and indigenous communities of eastern North Carolina. It will exacerbate global warming which just this year contributed to the worst flood in eastern North Carolina history and to drought and wildfires which ravaged the Appalachian Mountains in the west (70,000 acres burned). And it will lead to even more Duke Energy control of environmental and energy policy in a state where fossil fuels are promoted and renewables are discouraged.
The Walk To Protect Our People And The Places Where We Live is a first step in organizing North Carolina to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In the last few months, local and state level groups have decided that they are in this fight not merely to register frustration or defiance of Duke and the ACP, but to actually win. We are laying groundwork now for a campaign that touches all the bases: fact-based research, effective media work, coordination with national groups, creative legal challenges, and broad-based grassroots organizing for constituency influence.
The purpose of the Walk is to organize two weeks of a continuous, traveling presence across the proposed route of the pipeline in NC. We will be sponsoring educational activities along the way in schools, churches, community centers, and city and county public officials’ offices. We will tell our stories to the media. The end of the Walk will mark the beginning of an informed and active resistance to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in eastern North Carolina, in the state as a whole, and around the country.
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Visit the website of the NC Alliance To Protect Our People And The Places We Live (Stop The Pipeline) at www.apppl.org.