POWHR Newsletter

  1. A guest blog by Preserve Giles County's Donna Pitt about tomorrow's State Water Control Board MVP Clean Water Act 401 permit decision
  2. A recap of this weekend's incredible Violation Vigil event 
  3. POWHR's Annual Appeal is going until December 31st! 

Never Give Up

Ahead of the Virginia State Water Control Board's hearing on Mountain Valley Pipeline's Clean Water Act Section 401 permit decision tomorrow December 14th in Richmond, VA, Preserve Giles County's Coordinator Donna Pitt wrote this piece calling on the State Water Control Board to show courage and reject the permit. 
Here's a taste: 

"After Friday’s 6-1 decision by the VA Air Pollution Control Board to deny MVP a compression station permit in Pittsylvania County, I am ready to recant my cynicism and shout “Good for You!” and “Thank Goodness some citizens do think for themselves and have the guts to vote for what they believe is right!” The fact that this decision was in the face of arguments from State Agencies and private consultants that no harm would occur makes it even more powerful. And it gives me a bit of hope that the State Water Control Board will take some courage from this decision and do the same to the water permit. One can always hope, can’t we? What’s our mantra? Never Give UP! "

- Donna Pitt, Preserve Giles County

Read Donna's Blog
Important information about the December 14th SWCB hearing: 
  1. Location: Gallery, Community College Workforce Alliance, 1651 East Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23228
  2. Agenda: here
  3. Live Stream link: here
  4. Please note, DEQ is not providing the opportunity for public comment on MVP at this hearing 

Violation Vigil Recap! 

Videography by Sarah Hazelgrove
Thanks to all those who were able to make it out, shared the event, helped create this incredible day or watched the livestream! Please check out this event recap from ARTivism Virginia and watch the incredible video! 

"On December 11, 2021, more than three hundred water protectors gathered at Dogwood Dell Amphitheater in Richmond, Virginia for a Violation Vigil to bring visual and spoken witness to the hundreds of harmful water violations already committed by the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Their conclusion? The State Water Control Board must not approve a new water permit for this fracked gas construction project when it meets Tuesday, December 14 in Richmond.

The Violation Vigil featured keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. 
William J. Barber, II of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and Repairers of the Breach, as well as coalition leaders, powerful musical performances, puppetry and art.

Perhaps most powerful was the reading by 300 individuals from across the region of one documented violation - where and when it occurred and what kind of damage was caused. This ritual gave voice to a large and diverse community of mutual respect and fierce determination.

If completed, MVP greenhouse gas emissions would equal 23 coal fired power plants and would damage the habitats of endangered and threatened species, inevitably adding more harm and further clogging of pristine and sensitive waterways with sediment and construction runoff.

The Virginia State Water Control Board will vote to either approve or deny this Clean Water Act permit on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. Water protectors are needed. Details are below:

State Water Control Board Meeting
Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 10:00 AM
Gallery, Community College Workforce Alliance
1651 East Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228

The Violation Vigil to Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline featured:
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
Co-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
President, Repairers of the Breach

Jason Crazy Bear Campos-Keck

7 Directions of Service

Russell Chisholm
Protect Our Water Heritage Rights (POWHR)

Sam Rasoul
Virginia House of Delegates, 11th District

David Sligh
Conservation Director, 
Wild Virginia

Emily Satterwhite
Appalachians Against Pipelines

Sonya Taylor
Sunrise Movement Roanoke

Yara Allen
Director of Theomusicology & Cultural Arts, Repairers of the Breach
Co-Director of Theomusicology & Movement Arts, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Joe Troop of 
Che Apalache
NO BS! Brass Band

Members of After Jack & of the SUN SiNG Collective
“Weaving Waters” was written by Bernadette “BJ” Lark and performed by the SUN SiNG Collective.

Sarah Hazlegrove Films

The Violation Vigil Project was a collaboration between 7 Directions of Service, 
Appalachian VoicesARTivism VirginiaChesapeake Climate Action NetworkEarthFolkFood & Water WatchFriends of Buckingham County, VirginiaGreen New Deal VA, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, Protect Our Water Heritage Rights, Repairers of the Breach, RVA Interfaith Climate Justice League, S.A.V.E., Sierra Club Virginia ChapterVirginia Interfaith Power & LightVirginia Organizing, & Wild Virginia.

Visit ARTivism Virginia on
Media Coverage of Violation Vigil
MVP/State Water Control Board Coverage 

POWHR's Annual Appeal Continues Through December 31st, 2021

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