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.

Mountain Valley Pipeline
Cletus and dog

Cletus and Beverly Bohon

Cletus and Beverly Bohon value their wooded acreage at the end of the road in Montgomery County, Va., 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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Mountaineer XPress Pipeline
cleared trees

M. Beram

M. Beram’s formerly quiet neck of the woods in Doddridge County, W.Va., 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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Mountain Valley Pipeline
Ashby Berkley

Ashby Berkley

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.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Barbara Exum

Barbara Exum

Barbara Exum of Wilson County, N.C., 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.

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Mariner East 2 Pipeline
Ellen and Elise Gerhart

Elise and Ellen Gerhart

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

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Robie Goins

Robie Goins

Robie Goins of Robeson County, N.C., 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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Mountaineer XPress Pipeline
Barbara Jividen

Barbara Jividen

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

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Bill and Lynn Limpert by tree

Bill and Lynn Limpert

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

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Mountain Valley Pipeline
Carolyn Reilly

Carolyn Reilly

The Reillys moved to Franklin County, Va., 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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Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Ella Rose

Ella Rose

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

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Marvin Winstead

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

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2018 — April/May

2018 — April/May