The battle for historic Newport and the surrounding area is constantly evolving. For the most up-to-date information, please visit Preserve Newport Historical Properties on Facebook. Thanks to Ann Rader for maintaining this important conduit of information.
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 requires the services of several lawyers, karst experts and conservationists, and most importantly, YOU.
How can you help?
Fighting deep-pocketed investors costs money. The expertise to defend our area is out there, but we need funds to continue the legal defense. Please attend our meetings to learn more (see Get Involved). Please donate whatever you can – contributions are tax-deductible; PNHP is a 501(c)(3).
Donations accepted via PayPal’s secure service:
Checks welcome as well: make out check to Preserve Newport Historic Properties
and mail to:
PO Box 125
Newport, VA 24128