For Immediate Release                                                                                 
June 16, 2018

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“Walk Across Governor Cooper’s Sacred Land Between The Creeks” Draws Nash County Crowd In Opposition To Atlantic Coast Pipeline


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.

The NC Alliance To Protect Our People and the Places We Live (APPPL) was formed in November 2016 to fight construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in eight eastern North Carolina counties. APPPL‘s goal is to stop this dangerous, expensive, and unnecessary project and instead to build a cleaner energy future of wind, solar, and storage. APPPL exists to challenge the false narrative that fossil fuel sacrifice zones in poor communities are justified or that corporate profit taking must prevail over human and ecological values. 
Editor’s note:  livestreamed video footage of the event is available for media use at (videographer credit Drew Hudson).
Stills available below. Original full sized files available upon request.
Impacted landowner Barbara Exum of Wilson County was one of dozens who braved the heat Saturday in a Nash County walk along the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (photo credit: Karen Bearden)


Protesters with a message for Governor Roy Cooper stand in front of a country school that Cooper’s father once attended. (photo credit: Drew Hudson)


Pipeline opponents mixed water they brought that was drawn from North Carolina rivers, creeks, and swamps threatened by planned construction of Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (photo credit: Kay Reibold)


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