Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy Plan to Hold “Hands Across Our Land” Action on Thursday

| August 17, 2016

hands across our land

VALDOSTA —Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy (WACE) announces their participation in a national day of action, “Hands Across Our Land”, on Thursday, August 18, at 6 pm, at the historic Lowndes County courthouse in downtown Valdosta. This event is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) and designed to bring attention to the plight landowners and communities face as energy corporations push for the construction of pipelines like Sabal Trail.

“The rights of property ownership are fundamental to our democracy, and eminent domain should never be used for corporate gain,” said Dr. Michael G. Noll, President of WACE. “Likewise the safety and welfare of our communities are paramount, and we cannot stand idly by as an outdated energy industry chooses greed over people and shareholder profits over the environment.” Noll continued, “one must also note that recent studies have shown that pipeline projects cost communities millions of dollars as property values go down and tax revenues decline.”

“Grassroots groups across the nation hold actions in their local communities,” said “Hands Across Our Land” coordinator Sharon Ponton, “as a symbol of solidarity in the fight people are facing against energy corporations. From fracking to pipelines, and from liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities to sea level rise, citizens are being forced to face contamination of their water resources, loss of private property, and increased threats to their safety.” Ponton continued, “Communities cannot become sacrifice zones for an industry that refuses to change its business plan to renewable, clean energy. Georgia State representatives made the right choice by voting against river easements back in March. It is now time for Governor Deal to step in and protect the citizens of his own state, just as he did when he declared his opposition to another pipeline project in northern Georgia.”

All concerned citizens are invited. For more information, please contact: Dr. Michael G. Noll, 229-292-6520, wace.info@gmail.com.

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