Opponents of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines will unveil a new anthem to the cause at a benefit concert on Friday night in Charlottesville.
The SUN SiNG Collective, a multidisciplinary arts project, will perform “To the River” at the Jefferson Theater in a concert to support the Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice, a nonprofit group based in Fauquier County. The concert will begin at 6 p.m.
The collective represents musicians, visual artists, videographers, designers and puppet masters who use their work to protest construction of the two natural gas pipelines from shale fields in West Virginia through parts of Virginia to southeastern markets.
“Their connection is a conviction that we must act now to stop new fossil fuel infrastructure,” said Kay Ferguson, producer of the benefit concert.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a 600-mile project led by Dominion Energy, a Richmond-based energy giant, that would cross the Allegheny Highlands, the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont to southeastern Virginia and North Carolina. The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a 303-mile project under construction through western Virginia to an existing pipeline in Pittsylvania County.
Both projects have been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission but face legal and regulatory roadblocks to their completion.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has stopped construction while a federal appeals court considers reinstatement of a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service permit to allow incidental harm to threatened or endangered species. The pipeline company also has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to throw out a federal permit to allow the pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Construction continues on the Mountain Valley Pipeline but could stall because of federal court actions that have suspended the project’s ability to cross the Jefferson National Forest or streams and rivers in Virginia and West Virginia.