Union Hill: An Ignored History of Virginia, and America

New York Times opinion piece by Executive Director Jeff Gleason

Union Hill resident Berkley Laury outlines the many reasons he and his neighbors have been challenging the Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station planned for their community, founded by freedmen and freedwomen after the Civil War.  (© Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, Executive Director Jeff Gleason reminded Virginians that the nation’s eyes are on us once again as we get a chance to right the wrongs in Union Hill, where Dominion Energy is pursuing construction of a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

How we treat the story and future of Union Hill, and other communities like it, will define our history.”

—Executive Director Jeff Gleason

A unanimous decision from the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in early January sent the air permit for a compressor station back to the drawing board. The court made its ruling based on the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board’s dismissal of environmental justice concerns, as well as its decision to ignore an alternative that could dramatically cut air pollution.

It is not too late for Virginia to get this right. We urge Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, the Virginia Department of Enviromental Quality, and the State Air Pollution Control Board to stand with Union Hill and prevent Dominion’s pipeline compressor station from harming this historic community.

Residents in Union Hill, across Virginia, and beyond are watching to see how we handle this second chance. It’s time to stand with Union Hill.

 

For the full text of The New York Times editorial by Executive Director Jeff Gleason, click here.

And for more on the story of Union Hill and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, visit stoptheacp.org.

Union Hill is as important a marker of the history of Virginia and America as Jamestown, Mount Vernon, and the state’s Civil War battlefields. It is entitled to the same reverence and respect.”

—Executive Director Jeff Gleason

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