For Immediate Release
June 16, 2018
ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE OPPONENTS GO HOME
Nashville, NC — On Saturday, Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents in Nash County all went home. Home, that is, to the community where Governor Roy Cooper’s father grew up in Elm Grove.
Fifty-two people carrying signs and banners walked near the proposed pipeline route along the shoulder of Old Bailey Highway south of Nashville to an old school building which Roy Cooper, Jr. once attended. There they called upon his son, the Governor, to halt construction of the pipeline and to protect communities like theirs.
Speaking to the crowd about Cooper, retired school teacher and Nash County native Joe Poland said, “We care about the land, the air, the water, the people, and the wildlife. Big business and government agencies care about money. If we allow them, they will run over us. We need Governor Cooper. He’s still a native son of Nash County. He can still make all the difference. We ask for his help.”
But with or without Cooper’s help, marchers say they will try to stop the project and protect eastern North Carolina’s fragile water resources. To symbolize this, marchers gathered water at the walk’s beginning and end from Little Sapony Creek and Big Sapony Creek and mixed it in a ceremony with jars drawn from elsewhere along the pipeline route. Names of rivers, creeks, and swamps lying in the path of the pipeline were read aloud as a preacher delivered a message about stirring the waters to initiate healing in a broken land.
Saturday’s walk was organized by Nash Stop The Pipeline and the Alliance To Protect Our People and the Places We Live. March organizers said that the event was merely the opening salvo of a larger rally planned for Hallifax Mall behind the Legislative Building in Raleigh on the morning of Thursday, June 21st. There they will bring more water gathered from all 180 miles of the proposed route in the state to dramatize their message that Governor Cooper must act now to defend North Carolina from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.