CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Protesters met at the Freedom of Speech Wall in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday to oppose construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by Dominion Energy.
People chanted and wrote messages on the wall, while speakers from environmental organizations touched on potential effects of the pipeline. The focus of the protest was on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but people also stood in solidarity against the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines.
"We're trying to raise awareness," said John Cruickshank, chair of the Sierra Club's Piedmont Group. "We want everybody to become an activist for the environment because this is where we live. And we want to have our children inherit a healthy planet."
Dominion has made more than 300 route adjustments for the pipeline to avoid environmental damage, said Dominion Spokesperson Aaron Ruby.
"We've adjusted the route to avoid drinking water sources, wildlife habitats, wetlands, other sensitive environmental areas," Ruby said. "And it's resulted in a project that's going to have fewer environmental impacts and fewer impacts on individual landowners. And that's been our goal since the beginning."