Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s new role as chief Duke Energy-enabler—were held up to the spotlight recently in Raleigh when shortly after 8am twenty-five activists from within and without the state staged a nonviolent occupation of the Governor’s office.
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“This is an escalation,” said Steven Norris, 74, of Fairview, near Asheville. “This is the first #civildisobedience, this is the opening salvo. We’re ready to go out in front of bulldozers.”
Among their grievances: The pipeline will cross some of the poorest counties in the state, passing through communities of African Americans and Lumbee Indians.
“Gov. Roy stuck a stick in a hornet’s nest,” said Greg Yost, a 51-year-old 9th-grade math teacher from Mars Hill. “This occupation today is the leading edge of what’s going to happen as the pipeline fight enters a new stage.”
Fighting against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (5 billion dollar 42 inch natural gas pipeline, with majority owners Dominion Resources and Duke Energy, that would run about 600 miles between West Virginia and eastern North Carolina) #NoACP and all fracked gas infrastructure and fossil fuel destruction...
The proposed route disproportionately impacts Native Americans, including members of the Meherrin, Haliwa-Saponi, Coharie, and Lumbee Tribes of so called North Carolina. Data from the EIS show that Native Americans make up over 13% of the population living in census tracts located within one mile the proposed route through North Carolina while constituting only 1.2% of the state's population.
More information can be found on the Facebook pages and websites of the groups coordinating this action:
NC Alliance To Protect Our People And The Places We Live
Climate Disobedience Center
Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE