We live in Nelson County entirely by choice. We love the combination of breathtaking landscape and interesting, engaged, active people who care deeply about our special environment.
The title of this project, "Paving Paradise", is perfect! Often, when something inconvenient happens (like a big snow storm), we say "That's the price we pay to live in paradise." And we do believe that our small part of Nelson is paradise and that Nelson is indeed special. The wonderful Rockfish River that borders our land, the delicious well water we enjoy, and the clean air we breathe are all basic to the "paradise" designation. If any of these amenities were to be degraded, our place would fall from paradise.
If the unnecessary huge pipeline were to come through Nelson County as proposed, ALL impacts on us, our neighbors and our Nelson County part of this earth would be negative. We've heard that an elected state official referred to Nelson County residents as selfish. Well, we are NOT selfish. We love our land and water and want it to be untainted by Dominion and the ACP -- entities who truly are the selfish ones. Dominion is acting not as a public utility but as a corporation looking to maximize profits for its stockholders. Nelson County's resistance to the ACP is part of a much larger rebellion against the unsustainable reliance on fossil fuels in a world threatened by catastrophic climate change. The world has arrived at an important turning point, and the time is wrong for a big fossil fuel project but is right for a concerted push for clean energy