Group speaks out against proposed pipeline

BENT MOUNTAIN, Va. (WDBJ7) Groups are gathering for one final day to speak out against the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has been traveling through North Carolina and Virginia hosting several events. The last event will be a BBQ in Bent Mountain at the community center.

With 20 chapters around the country, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is trying to bring people together around the anti-pipeline cause. A featured speaker during the forum is grassroots activist Lois Gibbs, she's been very vocal about the environmental movement since the 1980s.

Though some believe the pipeline is a done deal, they want to inspire people to continue to speak out at local meetings and to representatives.
They want officials to consider the harm the pipeline could have on natural springs, wildlife, and even tourism.

"There's a lot of misinformation that goes into it, that we will either be supporting our economy or our property rights and environment, that is simply not true, we can have both. The fact is we just need to demand it," said Michael James Deramo of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.

The partnering companies for the Mountain Valley Pipeline say it will be a safe construction, it will bring jobs, and bring tax revenues to the area.