For the past two years, Lancaster Against Pipelines (501c3) has been working relentlessly to oppose the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. From town halls to protest quilts, LAP has been in the trenches mobilizing a massive, grassroots movement to keep Williams’ hands off our families, farms, and neighborhoods.
Today, LAP’s work is entering a new phase. We’ve recently retained a prominent attorney to spearhead a legal challenge against the gas industry’s plans to exploit Lancaster for their own profits. At the same time, we’re ramping up efforts on the ground to challenge Williams at every turn. This includes educating landowners about the perils of signing leases with Williams, encouraging them to hold out for eminent domain.
Together, our work is making a difference. Due largely to community opposition, the Atlantic Sunrise project has recently announced a six-month delay. As the price of natural gas keeps dropping, investors are growing increasingly worried about the viability of projects like the Atlantic Sunrise. Adding to this uncertainty are several lawsuits challenging the gas industry’s use of eminent domain to export US energy overseas.
Up until now, LAP has maintained an informal affiliation with more than a thousand supporters and allies. Today, we’re asking each one of you to make your support official through a $10 annual membership contribution. In addition to providing much-needed funds to keep the pressure on Williams, your membership strengthens LAP’s standing as our opposition makes its way into the courts.
Let’s make history together. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family members—anywhere in the US—to join this movement & preserve the land we love! Click here to become a member.
What is Lancaster Against Pipelines?
Lancaster Against Pipelines is a grassroots coalition of local residents, business owners, church communities, and non-profits committed to protecting our county against the proposed Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline. Williams Gas Company (Tulsa, Oklahoma) is seeking to permanently clear-cut a 35-mile long corridor through the heart of our county to install a high-pressure, 42-inch gas pipeline to ship Pennsylvania gas to overseas markets. For those landowners who refuse to enter into lease agreements with Williams, their land would be seized by eminent domain.
The permanent right-of-way for this unwanted line through Lancaster County targets more than 50 preserved farms, plows through more than 50 scenic waterways, permanently fragments our woods, severely limits how landowners may use their own land, lowers property values, and poses a perpetual threat of toxic leaks and explosions to county residents. Surveyors have systematically trespassed on landowner properties; land agents have routinely (and falsely) told landowners that refusal to sign a lease with Williams would result in lost compensation and greater damage to their land. More recently, Williams' staff have even begun filing false charges against peaceful protesters in a blatant effort to silence voices of opposition. We believe local communities have an inherent right to say “NO” to large-scale industrial projects that exploit our land, endanger our families, and radically threaten our way of life. That the federal government would grant the power of eminent domain to a project designed to carry US energy overseas only galvanizes our resolve to challenge—and ultimately overturn—this broken system.
We invite you to join this grassroots effort to preserve and protect what we most love and cherish about this county: our farmland, our woods, our scenic waterways, our rural way of life, our Amish neighbors, our Native American heritage, and the well-being of our tight-knit communities.
Check out our website for WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED in this movement. Whether it’s making a quilt square for the Protect PA Quilt Project, putting a “No Pipeline!” sign in your yard, joining the legal battle, preparing for direct action, or making a financial contribution--there's a place for YOU in this important work!
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Our county's rich soil is steeped in a legacy of heritage and agriculture. Our pride for our land, our concern for our communities, and our love for Lancaster County motivates us to act.
For more than a year now, thousands of people across Lancaster County, PA have found common ground in working together to protect our homes, history and heritage against a threat that none of us asked for: the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline.
Now we are launching a historic project that is an opportunity for individuals, families, churches, organizations and businesses across our county, our state, and our nation to join together with hundreds—maybe thousands—of others to form a powerful, quilted, collective declaration.