Anti-pipeline mural highlights potential effects on the environment

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A local organization is speaking out against the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline through a new mural on the Free Speech Wall in Downtown Charlottesville.

The group known as ‘Solidarity Wall’ created an anti-pipeline mural, which tells the story about how it could impact the natural beauty of Nelson County and other areas.

The first part of the mural shows black water and a fire from contaminated waters and other harmful effects from the pipeline.

The creators of the mural say the effects of natural gas could cause fires and contaminate water sources.

The focal point is a Native American woman grabbing a snake, which stands for the proposed pipeline, by the head.

The woman’s sham turns into a river, and eventually a community that is not impacted by any pipelines.

Organizers said large companies like Dominion Energy are taking lands that were first owned by Native Americans.

"It's important to remember that [Native Americans] are still here," said Molly Conger, of the Solidarity Wall organization. "Indigenous people still live in Virginia and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline disproportionately affects native communities."

The anti-pipeline mural is one of several planned solidarity walls, which all highlight important issues in the community.

In a statement, Dominion said, "[The Atlantic Coast Pipeline] is going to provide cleaner electricity and home heating to millions of Virginians, and it's going to create thousands of new jobs in construction and manufacturing."



 
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