A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices


People in the Path of Pipelines

New pipelines transporting natural gas and gas liquids would cut across hundreds of miles through Appalachia and beyond, putting people, land and water at risk. Here, residents along the route share their stories.

Cletus and Beverly Bohon

Cletus and dog

Montgomery County, Va.
Mountain Valley Pipeline

Cletus and Beverly Bohon value their wooded acreage at the end of the road for its privacy. But the Mountain Valley Pipeline is widening their road, burying a creek and cutting a swath through their trees.

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M. Beram

cleared trees

Doddridge County, W.Va.
Mountaineer XPress Pipeline

M. Beram’s formerly quiet neck of the woods is already impacted by the fracking industry. Now, the Mountaineer XPress Pipeline’s right-of-way is running several hundred feet from her home.

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Ashby Berkley

Ashby Berkley

Summers & Monroe Counties, W.Va.
Mountain Valley Pipeline

Ashby Berkley’s plans to renovate Sweet Springs Resort in Monroe County, W.Va., are muddied by fears of the Mountain Valley Pipeline puncturing an aquifer and depleting the resort’s renowned natural springs.

Read his story



Barbara Exum

Barbara Exum

Wilson County, N.C.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Barbara Exum says “there is a presumption that African-Americans do not care about the environment.” But she has been fighting against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in her county since the beginning.

Read her story



Elise and Ellen Gerhart

Ellen and Elise Gerhart

Huntingdon County, Pa.
Mariner East 2 Pipeline

Fighting back against a pipeline company with the worst oil spill rate in the country, the Gerhart family started a tree-sit in March 2017 that was still ongoing a year later.

Read their story



Robie Goins

Robie Goins

Robeson County, N.C.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Robie Goins does not own land directly in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but he is gravely concerned about the effects it would have on his Lumbee community.

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Barbara Jividen

Barbara Jividen

Putnam County, W.Va.
Mountaineer XPress Pipeline

If the Mountaineer XPress Pipeline is built, Barbara Jividen’s “little piece of paradise” by the Kanawha River could be upended.

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Bill and Lynn Limpert

Bill and Lynn Limpert by tree

Bath County, Va.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline

When Bill and Lynn Limpert retired on 120 acres of rugged Virginia mountains, they never thought they would have to fight against Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers seeking to cut down their old-growth trees.

Read their story



Carolyn Reilly

Carolyn Reilly

Franklin County, Va.
Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Reillys moved to Virginia in 2010 in search of a more fulfilling, farm-based lifestyle — a lifestyle disrupted in the past few years by the developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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Ella Rose

Ella Rose

Buckingham County, Va.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Ella Rose enjoys watching wildlife near her home in the Virginia countryside. But Dominion Energy’s plan for a natural gas compressor station roughly 500 feet from her home in Buckingham County has disrupted that.

Read her story



Marvin Winstead

Nash County, N.C.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Marvin Winstead’s farm has been in his family for generations — and he refuses to allow the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to touch it.

Read his story



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2018 — April/May

2018 — April/May