STAUNTON—On Wednesday evening, people chanted “No pipeline” and held signs of disagreement like at many other protests. However, this protest near Dominion had a musical twist. A pocket trumpet, percussion instruments and guitars placed a melody in the air of opposition.
Friends of Augusta has set up protests against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline each Wednesday in Sept. near Dominion, on 2 Technology Drive in Staunton.
This one had the biggest turnout. Attendees were encouraged to bring musical instruments to play.
“It’s a way to have fun and also get more noise,” Jennifer Lewis with Friends of Augusta said. “Cars hear us and look at us.”
Music is the root of humanity, Lewis said of the connection to music and their stand against the pipeline.
Wendy Parham of Waynesboro held her pocket trumpet in one hand and sign in the other. She used the instrument as a way to communicate with motorists.
“I mimic with their honks,” Parham explained. “It’s a way of communication back and galvanizing enthusiasm.”
Robin and Linda Williams, a folk duo known for their anthem “We Don’t Want Your Pipeline,” made an appearance. Kai Degner was also among the crowd.
Over the weekend, the courts agreed to hear the appeal for the Pipeline.
“I hope courts will agree with what we’ve been saying all along, eminent domain for a private, for-profit company is not constitutional,” Lewis explained. “Affected landowners need our support in protecting their land and their personal safety from this corrupt practice and abuse of eminent domain.”
Lynn Limpert of Bath County held a sign protesting eminent domain. She has attended the other protests; the pipeline impacts her directly.
“The pipeline will come through our property,” she said. “I don’t see where it hurts [to protest near Dominion]. There’s a fair amount of traffic and it sends a message. We’ve gotten a positive response for the most part.”
The protest was from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and allows people getting off work to see the opposition.
Lewis wanted to remind people that the group is not against local Dominion workers. They hope to continue to send the message that they will not back down.
“We hope to send the message to the CEO of Dominion that there are some rowdy folks in Augusta County,” she said.