Program tonight details pipeline fight

Staff report

ST. PAULS — A coalition of environmentalists and opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will stage a program of art, storytelling and film, titled the “Rise Up Roadshow,” on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the R.E. Hooks Community Building in St. Pauls.

The program will highlight the work of Robeson County activists who have fought to stop the construction of the 550-mile natural gas pipeline that would run from West Virginia and terminate in the Prospect community of Robeson County. St. Pauls is one of five stops along the pipeline’s path for the program.

The program is a result of a partnership with the Poor People’s Campaign, Appalachian Voices, Cape Fear Indivisible, Concerned Citizens of Northampton County, Eco-Robeson, Friends of the Earth, N.C. Environmental Justice Network, NC Climate Justice Collective, Rachel Carson Council, Winyah Rivers Foundation and Working Films.

Proponents of the pipeline say it will stimulate economic development for the region, and opponents decry the use of fossil fuel and the environmental impact of the pipeline.

“We can ensure the well-being of our communities by moving toward a clean energy economy and turning away the dirty energy projects planned for our region,” said Donna Chavis, a Robeson resident and member of the Lumbee Tribe.

Staff report