It’s worth noting that the companies collectively working on this project represent some of the nation’s most notorious polluters, including NextEra, High GasY ConEd. Equitrans, which has a 48% stake in the project, also has its own history of misdeeds. And instead of holding those companies to account, the FERC opted to extend the completion date of the pipeline to 2026. The project was originally scheduled to come online in late 2018 with a budget of around $3.5 billion. environmental organizations like the sierraclub believes the project is nearly 55% complete with a total of $6.6 billion and growing.
“FERC’s decision ignores the experiences of people harmed by the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the evidence of environmental degradation, and the tens of thousands of people who have petitioned for a certificate extension denial” Jessica Sims, Appalachian Voices Field Coordinator Virginia said in a statement. “Giving MVP more time to harm Appalachian communities and water resources is appalling, but FERC’s decision will only strengthen the growing national opposition to this unnecessary fracking pipeline.”
Community members like the activists featured in a recent mother jones Article in the pipeline continue to fight for its development and a rally in Washington, DC is scheduled for September 8. bent”No Sacrifice Zones: Appalachian Resistance Comes to DC,” the joint rally with Stop MVP and People vs. Fossil Fuels draws attention to exactly what many communities on the front line of the Mountain Valley pipeline they will become if they haven’t already been devastated by the fossil fuel industry that keeps people like Manchin rich and in power.
The term is frequently used in relation to environmental justice, so I will quote the words of the movement. founding father, Robert Bullardabout the sacrifice zones:
“Sacrifice zones are often ‘gated communities’ of low-income people of color, or chemical contamination ‘hot spots’ where residents live immediately adjacent to heavily contaminated industries or military bases. Very often, this pattern of unequal protection constitutes environmental racism.”
No community should be left to die for oil and gas profits. Showing up and presenting yourself to these “border communities” is crucial if we want to fight the climate crisis and achieve a just transition in the process.