POWHR Newsletter

This week's POWHR newsletter includes: 

1. A recap from the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board's denial of an air pollution permit for MVP Southgate's Lambert Compressor Station 
2. A POWHR Year-End Guest Blog by high school student Akari Hernandez 
3. An update on POWHR's Annual Appeal! 
4. A call to join the Violation Vigil project THIS Saturday December 11th in Richmond, VA 
5. Upcoming events and news  

MVP Southgate's Lambert Compressor Station Permit DENIED! 

The Virginia Citizen Air Pollution Control Board (APCB) held two days of hearings on December 2nd and 3rd on the MVP Southgate's proposed Lambert Compressor Station in Chatham, VA to decide whether or not to grant a minor new source review permit for the station. In a 6-1 vote, the APCB decided to NOT grant the permit, against Virginia DEQ staffs' recommendation. 

The board denied the permit (link to decision document) based on the following rationales; as they: 
POWHR expresses deep appreciation and admiration for all of the tireless work that made this victory possible. Thank you for years of movement building, legal efforts, community leadership, research, public participation, legislative efforts, grassroots organizing, and a perennial commitment to enacting environmental justice. Please enjoy the following photos and media pieces, and celebrate this movement victory.
Art by Jan Burger of Paperhand Puppet Intervention

Media Around Lambert Compressor Station Decision


Media Coverage:

The Hill - Virginia Board denies permit to extend fracking pipeline into North Carolina

WDBJ - Denial issued for air quality permit connected to Mountain Valley Pipeline

Chatham Star Tribune - Permit denied for Mountain Valley Pipeline component planned for Pittsylvania County

Danville Register and Bee - Permit denied for proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Compressor Station in Pittsylvania County

Virginia Mercury - Virginia Regulatory Board denies Mountain Valley Pipeline Compressor Station Permit

WVTF - State regulators deny necessary permit for MVP Southgate Compressor Station in Pittsylvania County

Pittsburgh Business-Times - Virginia panel denies air permit to Mountain Valley Pipeline extension

WRIC - Controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline suffers regulatory setback

VPM - Key Mountain Valley Pipeline structure fails to get permit approval

WSET - Virginia Air Pollution Control Board denies permit for pipeline in Pittsylvania County


Press releases:

Pittsylvania County NAACP

Sierra Club, POWHR, App Voices, CCAN

Southern Environmental Law Center

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

VA League of Conservation Voters
Celebration after the Lambert Compressor Station permit was denied in Chatham, VA. 
Photo by POWHR
Photo courtesy of Haw River Assembly 
Photo by POWHR
No MVP Southgate signs in the Air Pollution Control Board Hearings. Photo by POWHR
Art by Jan Burger of Paperhand Puppet Intervention graced hearing attendees. Photo by POWHR
You can watch the APCB Hearings here, Day I and Day II.

Below are some examples of community and advocate testimony from our Twitter feed during the Lambert APCB hearings: 

Code Red for Humanity: A Guest Blog by Akari Hernandez 

Akari Hernandez invites readers to join him this Saturday at Violation Vigil in Richmond, VA. Photo by Naomi Ruzek
Central Virginia high school student Akari Hernandez teamed up with POWHR for our Year-End Blog Series. Akari runs the Instagram account @youthagainstpipelinesva and he is an intern with AMP Global Youth. He is passionate about public policy, especially around climate justice, Indigenous rights, and alternatives to policing.

Here's a sample of his amazing piece: 

"Climate Crisis. Code Red. State of Emergency. All of these things come to mind when I think about the Mountain Valley Pipeline...the climate crisis isn’t just a possibility anymore; it’s a reality. Recent studies predict the world will hit a catastrophic level of warming by 2030 without drastic cuts in carbon emissions...I think the biggest struggle for youth climate organizers anywhere in the world is being taken seriously.I want to encourage every climate-minded adult to listen to youth voices in climate. Listen to the Indigenous youth who see beyond the climate doom machine that the United States has built, who see our climate future in traditional knowledge...Think twice before you dismiss us for dreaming too big. We spend every day thinking about our future. Do you?" - Akari Hernandez

Read Akari's Blog
Photos by Matthew Pickett

POWHR Annual Appeal Update 

POWHR is fundraising for our Annual Appeal until December 31st. With your generous support, we are even closer to achieving our fundraising goal. Thanks to your shares and donations, we have raised $1,700 since Giving Tuesday! 

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Call to Action: Join the Violation Vigil Project THIS Saturday December 11th in Richmond, VA 

Flier by ARTivism Virginia

Last Chance to Join the Violation Vigil Project

This fall we can stop the violence caused by the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Join us in Richmond at Dogwood Dell Amphitheater on December 11, 2021 starting at 1:00 PM for the Violation Vigil convergence event with ritual and song. 

Mountain Valley Pipeline emissions would equal 23 coal fired power plants, and the project threatens 236 of our Virginia waterways. Right now, together, we can end MVP’s destruction of common water and our shared future.

Reject MVP’s request for a new 401 Water Quality Certification from Virginia and stop this pipeline in its tracks by joining the Violation Vigil Project now.

What is the Violation Vigil Project?

The Violation Vigil Project is a full coalition artivism campaign to give poignant, visual and aural representation to the hundreds of water violations caused by the MVP.

In typical and excessively complicated language, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality claims that there is “reasonable assurance” that Mountain Valley Pipeline will not harm our waterways “if” MVP complies with the permit.

But Mountain Valley Pipeline has already committed hundreds of documented water violations. The evidence proves that there is NO “Reasonable Assurance”, NO Past “Compliance” and that there can be NO MVP.

You and 300 others are needed NOW to give witness to every single MVP water violation, to receive your Violation Poster and begin to use it, and to come together in Richmond at Dogwood Dell Amphitheater on December 11, 2021 starting at 1:00 PM for the Violation Vigil convergence event with ritual and song. Register here.

Special POWHR Member Group Event

Join Preserve Montgomery County VA (PMCVA) for this special event on Thursday, December 9th at 7:00 PM ET: MVP's Impact on Property Values in Our Region.

Shannon Bell’s Applied Research class at Virginia Tech will report the findings of their semester-long research project on the MVP’s effects on property values and real estate sales in the area with a 1/2 hour power point presentation. The 15 students in her class conducted a multi-method research study that included interviews with realtors, an appraiser and employees at the county tax assessors office as well as field trips, surveys and tax assessment data analysis.

The second part of the Zoom call will be a discussion with a Montgomery county forest economist who helps landowners manage their forests and agricultural land and his son, a homeschooled teenager exploring his passion for primitive craft skills and hunting.

Together they will discuss the importance of planning for maintaining our food security locally by managing our land and local wildlife.

If you would like to be included in the zoom call please contact Anita Puckett at to receive the call in/Zoom information.

Other Upcoming Events 

  • The Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights (CDER)Honor the Earth, the Native Organizers Alliance, and Menīkānaehkem invite you to join them for this online, "deep dive" workshop on the White Earth case to enforce the rights of manoomin (wild rice), Manoomin v. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - The First Rights of Nature Case Goes to Tribal Court - The Case for Manoomin (Wild Rice) - Tuesday December 7th at 7:00 PM ET. Register here.
  • Better Path Coalition Presents: Ted Glick, Author and Activist - Wednesday December 8th at 7:00 PM ET. Register here.
  • Reimagine Appalachia: Building Bridges: Engaging your Community in Climate Conversations. Thursday December 9th, 1:00-2:30 PM ET. Register here.
  • Halt the Harm Network's Cradle to Grave: The Reverberating Health Hazards of Oil and Gas Industry: Halt the Harm Network is joining forces with Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania (PSR PA) to focus on worker's often uninformed toxic exposure to PFAS chemicals and radioactivity, and its effects on their their family, communities, and beyond. Friday December 10, 2021 from 12:00 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Violation Vigil - Saturday December 11th at 1:00 PM ET in Richmond, VA (Register here)
  • State Water Control Board Meeting, MVP 401 Virginia Water Protection Permit Decision - Tuesday December 14th, in Richmond, VA

Other Movement Victories and News! 

Congrats to all the climate change and fossil fuel fighters that are making these victories possible. 

Photo by Matthew Pickett
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