On Oct. 10 local activists held an art protest in Raflo Park in Leesburg calling on Leesburg resident and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) to do more to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) from polluting Virginia’s waterways. As part of the event, they read stories from other Virginians who are directly impacted and unveiled an art display of flowing water being polluted by a pipeline, with words across it saying “No Fracking Pipeline.”
Although Herring pursued a lawsuit against MVP’s more than 300 environmental violations and settled with the company last year to pay more than $2 million in fines, many environmentalists saw it as a slap on the wrist. In fact, MVP was found to violate more regulations while construction was mainly stopped this past summer.
In light of MVP’s continued pollution, activists have been calling on AG Herring since this past summer to do more to stop MVP from polluting multiple Virginia waterways, but have received no response. As a result, they wanted to bring the issue closer to home by protesting in Herring’s hometown of Leesburg. Now that MVP has received an extension to build the pipeline for two more years with the most challenging and dangerous parts to come, Virginians and Loudouners must call and email Herring urging him to act before Virginia’s beloved Appalachian Trail mountains are flattened and its waterways become inundated with pollution.
Please contact Herring at 804-786-2071 and tell him to protect Virginia's waterways.