In November, pipeline developers altered the route to bypass Arches Grove by about half a mile. Seneca Rogers, chair of the church’s trustee board and a lifelong Alamance County resident, partially attributes this to the church body’s activism against the pipeline in attending meetings and putting up signs. Seneca himself has traveled to speak about Southgate at several churches in the community and at a county commissioners meeting.
A Southgate representative at the meeting recorded Seneca’s contact information and told him that somebody would get in touch; just like before, Seneca never heard back. He only found out about the route’s change when the Haw River Assembly, a local environmental nonprofit organization, sent him the updated map in January. Regardless, Seneca still can’t believe that that the proposed route made it as far as it did.
“I think they’re just a company who’s not from this area at all, and they’re going to sit up there where they’re from and not be affected by it, so they don’t really care,” he says.
“We are just one individual church, but we are also a part of the church body as a whole, and we’re a part of this community,” Seneca says. “So anybody out here that’s close to us that’s going to be affected with it, anybody in Alamance County, we want to still stand with them in opposition to the pipeline.” — By Kevin Ridder