The historic village of Newport, VA, along with the historic rural corridor situated along the Scenic Byway of Blue Grass Trail/Hwy 42, is threatened by the proposed Mountain Valley Natural Gas Pipeline. Currently, the proposed route cuts through and/or directly impacts a number of historic properties including the Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, historic farmsteads, two covered bridges, several caves, and many sinkholes. The steep terrain along with the karst geology of sinkholes and caves makes the proposed excavation for 42″ pipes exceptionally disruptive.
Other deleterious impacts of the proposed pipeline include several temporary and permanent access roads, pollution of the karst aquifer as well as local and regional waterways (such as Sinking Creek and the New River) through excavation and any subsequent pipeline leaks, and destruction of historic properties dating before the early 1800s. There are endangered species – herbaceous plants, amphibians, and mammals – in the footprint of the pipeline.
Several groups of citizens have formed to combat this proposed pipeline. It will require the services of several lawyers, karst experts and conservationists, and most importantly, YOU.
How can you help? The expertise to defend our area is out there, but we need funds to mount a legal defense. Please attend our meetings to learn more.
Join the current $5000 challenge and help get the donation matched by an anonymous donor!
Information letter here: PreserveNewportAppealLetter(PDF) Mail checks to PNHP, PO Box 125
Newport, VA 24128.