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Demonstrators to protest liquefied natural gas plant near Lumbee tribal lands

Site of the liquified natural gas facility in Robeson County (Map: Piedmont Natural Gas)

Hundreds of people on Saturday are expected to protest a Liquefied Natural Gas storage and processing facility in Robeson County, where several major natural gas projects are either under way or proposed.

The billion cubic foot LNG facility, a $250 million project of Piedmont Natural Gas, is between Red Springs — Lumbee tribal land — and Maxton, a predominantly Black community.

In addition to the LNG plant, other natural gas infrastructure in Robeson County proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Metering and Regulating Station near Prospect, a potential pipeline from Prospect to South Carolina, and a possible second compressor station to pressurize the gas southward.

At least one farm and other properties could be taken under eminent domain to construct a 4-mile pipeline from an existing Duke Energy/Piedmont Gas pipeline to the LNG site on Rev. Bill Road.

Statewide Action to Stop the LNG Plant
Saturday, Nov. 16 10am-4pm
Oxendine Elementary School 5599 Oxendine School Road, Maxton  

As part of the March for Justice, protesters can walk along the 4.5- mile route to the LNG plant; transportation will be provided to pick up marchers during the walk. The Celebration of Our Sacred Lands and Waters will be held at Oxendine Elementary School, organizers announced, “to commemorate the gifts of healthy land, water, and air that are gifts of the Creator that we are called to honor and protect, not aimlessly harm and pollute.”

A bus will take demonstrators from Durham on Saturday morning. Sign up online.

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