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Petition to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia department of environmental quality

Stop the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines

My name is Donald Jones. My family has lived on interconnected farms in the beautiful hills and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Giles and Salem County since 1758. Two years ago, my dad George learned that fracking companies planned to destroy our family property by building a 42-inch pipeline, called the Mountain Valley Pipeline, right through the middle of our land. This pipeline would threaten our ancient mountain spring, along with hundreds of other water sources in Virginia and West Virginia. As a 1930’s farm boy, my dad knew that the most valuable commodity for life is water. He was appalled to know that his elected officers were uninformed about risks this pipeline would pose to ecosystems and water supplies all across Virginia. It has been an awful experience for us to deal with. The invasion of our land has been devastating. One day, shortly after learning that a survey was conducted on his land without his knowledge or presence, my dad had a debilitating stroke. But the pipeline has not been built yet and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has the power to stop it. This is why I’m hoping you will sign this petition asking him to reject these pipelines. My dad fought in the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy, to protect the rights of American citizens and to spread the peace and liberty guaranteed citizens here throughout the world. He was devastated when he felt that his own government was stripping his property rights away by using eminent domain for the benefit of a private corporation. There are scores of citizens all across Virginia facing the same situation with their property, their rights, their health, their heritage and their water. We are outraged by this violation of citizen rights -- but equally concerned with the certain destruction to the ecosystem and especially ancient water systems that can never be “fixed.”  Together, the two pipelines would add up to nearly 1,000 miles of harm across West Virginia and Virginia, threatening hundreds of waterways. But my dad and I will keep fighting. Despite his stroke, dad knows he has an obligation to fight for our land and our rights. He has lost memory of many things but asks me how the pipeline fight is going every day. One day on his mountain, he told me he was going to fight as long as he could stand. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has the power to stand with citizens, protect our water, and reject the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. Now I’m asking you, on behalf of my dad and all the other landowners and residents of communities in the path of these pipelines, to tell Governor Northam right away: stop these pipelines.

Don Jones and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network
65,021 supporters
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Petition to Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Commissioner Nick Fish, Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly


                             MAKE FOREST PARK SAFE AGAIN!                            Uphold The Law and Environmental Code                          Say "NO" to High-Speed Single-track Cycling                             on Pedestrian-only Trails in Forest Park  90% of the half-million annual visitors to Forest Park are pedestrians.  Visitors represent all racial/ethnic, socio-economic, and age groups and come from all over.   They include seniors, families, and up to 100,000 visits by children who walk in the park each year. Currently, Forest Park trails are starting to get less safe due to increasing illegal cycling on pedestrian-only trails.  This threatens the well-being of park users and the ecological health of the park itself. The Forest Park Natural Resources Management Plan clearly states that single-track cycling is not an allowed use in Forest Park for safety reasons, and has a detrimental impact to wildlife and habitat.   We petition City Government to follow the Management Plan, Ordinance 168509 and Environmental Zone Code 33.430.030. We ask the City to implement the Plan’s high priority recommendations to preserve and restore habitat, and that the City take measures to keep pedestrians safe.  We ask the City to direct the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to protect the Park from further single-track cycling, and cease its current efforts towards recommending a process to change the law to allow single-track cycling on the already narrow pedestrian trails in Forest Park.  A change of that sort will put all users at greater risk for injury. We ask the City to continue to allow cycling on the 33% of designated trails in Forest Park that already meet the legal standard of 8 feet wide, hard surface, and good line of sight — provided that this user group (who make up only 8% of the Park visitors) follows trail etiquette and obeys the law. In the interest of safety, we ask the City make it a priority to fund and to provide enforcement of trail regulations, as specified in the Forest Park Management Plan, but which is not currently being done.    

Coalition to Protect Forest Park
1,302 supporters