Community Perspective: Newly-Formed Governor’s Council on Environmental Justice Proposes Moratorium on all Pipeline Construction

A contributed Perspectives piece by Amelia Morrison.

The latest news in the development plans for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines proposed to cross through the Shenandoah Valley presents a daring challenge to our state’s conventional approach to pipeline projects. The Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice, a citizen body of academics, legal professionals, and community organizers, has boldly urged Governor Northam to issue a complete halt to all pipeline projects in Virginia on the grounds of justice, safety, and due process.

The no-fluff, ‘real issues that need to be fixed’ campaign of the council race’s only incumbent

Democrat Chris Jones is seeking re-election with a core platform of prioritizing school development, environmental sustainability, community justice, and helping the 60 percent of people in Harrisonburg considered “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed,” or ALICE, as outlined in a 2017 report from the United Way.

McMillan mixes fiscal conservative talk with calls for improving recycling, energy efficiency

Frank McMillan says he wants to be an independent voice in city government. While his top campaign donors include Republicans office holders as well as local Republican groups, he said he’s not loyal to any party. For instance, he says he believes in promoting environmental sustainability and disagrees with many positions that the Trump administration has taken on immigration.