Environmental activist travel the pipeline on horseback

Lewis

“It’s beautiful county.  That part of it is really amazing, and that’s the part that breaks my heart is to know that 600 miles of mountains, all the way down to North Carolina, that’s all going to be disrupted and the natural state of things is going to change,” said Environmental Activist Sarah Murphy.

Sarah Murphy and her horse Rob Roy headed out of Stanton, Virginia on September 26 with the goal of creating a conversation by riding 600 miles from one end of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to another traveling through Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.  

“I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding on both sides, and if we don’t have that communication, we’re not going to get anywhere,” said Murphy.

“The time is now to decide what kind of future that we want and where we’re going with energy from this point forward.”

It has been nearly two months, more than 170 miles, and Murphy and Rob have made their way through West Virginia to Lewis County to show her opposition and concerns about the pipeline.

“Eminent domain is about to take over. That’s really something that was intended for state parks for things to better society and community as a whole.  It wasn’t something that was created for an independent company to use to put in a pipeline,” said Murphy.

“We don’t rule it all; it doesn’t belong to us.  We’re here on borrowed time.”

Murphy said even though construction is ongoing and the weather is becoming a challenge she has no intention of giving up.

“For me, and I don’t think of it as much but because other people say it, there’s a real sense of sacrifice.  I try to think of it more as what I am gaining and what is important to fight for.  It’s important to be close to the land and to see what we’re trying to save.”

Murphy says she has been in contact with Dominion Energy representatives and has been issued a trespass notice for traveling along an Atlantic Coast Pipeline right of way.  She says she hopes her ride inspires others to speak out.

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