Greenbrier River Watershed Association is joining other groups across the United States in a coordinated event to be held Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Ronceverte Island Park boat launch at 6 p.m. Hands Across Our Land promotes local community actions which will unite citizens in their respective communities as they symbolically create a human chain to call attention to the issues surrounding proposed pipelines carrying fracked gas across our area. In the Greenbrier River watershed, proposed pipelines would cross the Greenbrier River at two places, one near Pence Springs, and one in Pocahontas County either near Clover Lick, or Durbin. A judge in Monroe County last week sided with landowners in denying access to their property by the developers of the MVP pipeline for surveying, saying that the proposed MVP pipeline carrying gas to Virginia does not serve West Virginia customers.
Local event coordinator, Leslee McCarty, said, “Come to Island Park on Tuesday the 18th, and bring your boats or just walk on the bridge over our river to let people know we are worried about the future of our communities and our clean water and we want our leaders to take a fresh approach to energy solutions. People can get more information about the proposed pipelines by going to www.mareproject.org or liking us on Facebook at Greenbrier Watershed’s page.”