Opponents of two pipeline projects rally in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ7) On a street corner near the Richmond Convention Center, pipeline opponents vied for the attention of drivers, and Dominion Energy shareholders who were meeting nearby.

Red and Minor Terry were there, with others from southwestern Virginia who are fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

And so were landowners like Lynn and Bill Limpert whose property in Bath County lies in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

"We think that more and more people are learning about it," Bill Limpert told WDBJ7. "And we've always felt and still do that the more people that know about these pipelines, the more that are on our side. There are just so many negative impacts."

Aaron Ruby is a spokesperson for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. He acknowledges there's a diversity of opinion, but says there are millions of people who will benefit from the project.

"This project is going to serve a vital public need," Ruby said in an interview. "It's going to provide cleaner, more reliable electricity to millions of homes and businesses in Virginia. It's going to lower consumer energy costs. It's going to help rebuild our manufacturing economy."

But opponents say they believe more Virginians are waking up to major concerns, including potential environmental damage.

Paul Wilson is the pastor of two churches in Buckingham County.

"And I really think, here in the 9th hour, that Dominion is starting to tremble," Wilson said. "They've gotten more of a backlash from this. They had no idea that we were going to be as organized as we are."

And it doesn't end with the protest and rally in Richmond.

Red and Minor Terry were headed to northern Virginia for a press conference and rally. They're scheduled to visit Waynesboro on Thursday. And they say their campaign in the Roanoke Valley and beyond is just beginning.