PILOT: Done Deal? 

We begin in the early 2000s in central and southwestern Virginia, where the current conflicts began. We uncover the links between the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. Organizer Mara Robbins describes Floyd County’s fight to re-route the MVP away from their region.

Why are residents fighting these projects – and can they win?

Are these pipelines really a “done deal?”

Original air date: 7/21/17

Featuring Mara Robbins, Sharon Ponton, Ernie Reed, Connie Brennan, Carolyn Reilly, and Mike Carter.

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino. 

 

Episode 2: Home

What happens when land surveyors trespass against your will?

Residents of Bent Mountain, VA, tell us how they’re resisting Mountain Valley Pipeline surveyor trespassing.

Meanwhile in Nelson County, neighbors unite against controversial ACP routes.

Original air date: 8/4/17

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

Episode 3: Heart

What is the human cost of the heart of a pipeline?

In Union Hill neighborhood of Buckingham county, a plot of land is proposed as the site of a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

In the midst of turmoil surrounding historic erasure in the south, this episode tells the unique and troubling story of land, ownership and theft in the neighborhood of Union Hill, Buckingham County, Virginia.

Original air date: 8/18/17

Featuring John and Ruby Laury, Chad Oba, Pastor Paul Wilson, and Lakshmi Fjord.

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 4: Water

In Episode 4, we hear from familiar voices and some new ones, on an issue that has been at the forefront of most minds in the last year: water.

Original air date: 9/1/17

Featuring David Sligh, Mike Carter, Bill Limpert, Mert Rives, Mara Robbins, Sharon Ponton, Connie Brennan, Ernie Reed, Richard Averitt, and Carolyn Reilly.

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 5: Water pt. 2

Episode 5 sheds light on the unheard voices of residents, buried by bureaucracy in the process of permitting water crossings by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Original air date: 9/15/17

Featuring David Sligh, Bill and Lynn Limpert, Tom Burkett, Mike Carter, and various frontline residents.

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 6: Water pt. 3

In this episode, we take a break from our usual format to hear excerpts from two different sets of public comments delivered to members of the State Water Control Board and DEQ.

Original air date: 9/29/17

Featuring Russell Chisholm, Lynda Majors, Donna Jones, Robert Whitescarver, Becci Harmon, Bill Limpert, and Leah Rampy.

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 7: Necessity

A week prior to the airing of this episode, FERC grants “Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity” for both the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. What does this mean for pipeline fighters, and more importantly, are these pipeline projects really needed in order to meet energy demand for the Mid-Atlantic? In this episode, we get a lesson in the history of energy demand in the United States, plus a look at what is really driving energy holding companies to get into the pipeline building business./p>

Original Air Date: 10/20/17

Featuring Tom Hadwin, Mert Rives, Heidi Cochran, Irene Leech, Sharon Ponton, Richard Averitt, and Joanna Salidis.

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 8: Election

In episode 8, we take a look at the impact that the pipelines have had on state elections in 2017, and how the political conversation has changed over the last three years.

Original air date: 11/3/17

Featuring Marilyn Shifflett, Jennifer Lewis, Sharon Ponton, Richard Averitt, Angela Lynn, Steve McBride, and Rebecca Colaw.

Special thanks to Tom Burkett.

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 9: Tribunal

In Episode 9, we look at injustices both past and present in excerpts from testimonials given at the People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Environmental Justice, including the health and safety impacts of living near a compressor station.

Original air aate: 11/17/17

Featuring Lakshmi Fjord, Andrew Tyler, Barb Gottlieb, and Ray Kemble.

Special thanks to Laney Sullivan.

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 10: Watershed

In anticipation of the State Water Control Board votes on water certification for MVP and ACP, we visit Bottom Creek, one of the few Tier 3 streams in Virginia which would be crossed by the MVP. Additionally, we look at whether the DEQ’s process has really been “scientific and transparent” for the public.

Original air date: 12/1/17

Featuring David Sligh, Mike Carter, Mert Rives, Irene Leech, Mara Robbins, and Grace Terry.

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 11: Voice

Inside the State Water Control Board meetings for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines, where many opponents thought a vote in favor of water certification was a foregone conclusion for both projects, a chorus of voices makes space for courage and power.

Original air date: 12/15/17

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 12: Irreparable

In this first episode of 2018, the pipeline fight is entering a new phase. Tree cutting begins in Buckingham County, and MVP takes 300 landowners to court.

Original air date: 2/16/18

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 13: Bent Mountain

A special episode of storytelling and memory sharing from residents of Bent Mountain.

Original air date: 3/2/18

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 14: Two Trees

Through wind storms, snow storms, two court hearings, and a temporary restraining order, the support for the treesitters at Peters Mountain Stand has only grown. Have they sparked something beyond just protecting these two trees?

Original air date: 3/30/18

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 15: Two Trees pt. 2

Treesitters on top of Peters Mountain Stand have wondered if their action might be a spark to inspire pipeline fighters. Now others have answered their call, taking to the trees in the upland wetlands of Bent Mountain.

Original air date: 4/6/18

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 16: Reflection

As more eyes turn to pipeline resistance in Virginia, how does that resistance take root, and in what ways can community subvert the structures of power?

Original air date: 4/20/18

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 17: Still Here

“Nutty” has been living at the top of a 50 foot pole on the forest service road in Giles County for over 6 weeks. The forest service continues to impose order by drawing lines and then re-drawing them, and arresting anyone who crosses the line.

Original air date: 5/4/18

Special thanks to Jack R. Johnson at WRIR for his contributing audio.

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 18: Hellbender

“Nutty” finally came down from her monopod, but not before another tree-sitter went up to continue the tree-top blockade on the forest service road. In this episode, hear conversations around colonization and the perceived problems of private property within the struggle for collective liberation and collective resistance.

Original air date: 6/1/18

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 19: Mud

Pipeline fighters have been keeping their promise to watch Mountain Valley Pipeline’s every move, documenting almost daily violations that are damaging their creeks and streams, and doing the job that Virginia DEQ is either unable – or unwilling – to do.

Original air date: 7/6/18

Special thanks to Linda Sink, David Hancock, Wendell and Mary Flora, Emily Guilliams, MaryJo Bowman, and Emily Satterwhite.

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 20: Stay

Three girls from three different counties in West Virginia talk about how the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines will impact them, the community they’ve been able to find in Appalachia in the midst of extractive economies, and what kind of economies they would like to see in their world.

Original air date: 7/20/18

Special thanks to Alice, John, Faith, Mabel, and Becca.

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.

 

Episode 21: Stay

In the final episode of “Season 2”, pipeline fighters talk teacher strikes, remembering histories of resistance, and what winning really looks like.

Original air date: 8/3/18

Special thanks to Tammy Belinksky, Emily Satterwhite, Becky Crabtree, Maury Johnson, Ashby Berkley, and the students at High Rocks.

Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.