Last week Norfolk City Council voted to approve an easement that would allow Dominion Energy and its partners to build a natural gas pipeline underneath two of Norfolk’s drinking water reservoirs in Suffolk.
Here is the Virginian-Pilot article about the vote, by city journalist Ryan Murphy.
Voting yes were Mayor Kenny Alexander, Mamie Johnson, Angelia Williams, Tommy Smigiel, and Martin Thomas.
Abstaining was Andria McClellan.
Voting no were Paul Riddick and Terry Whibley.
Only Dr. Whibley spoke before casting her vote. Here is what she said:
“I hope many of you read in the paper recently that we are the second… biggest increase in sea level rise in the country. And I appreciate the fact that our public works have told us there is no risk for this pipeline, and I accept that.
My angst with this is that this is technology of the past. And we, and Dominion, should not be investing in old energy sources. And we should be using this money to moving towards sustainable and renewable sources.
I am disappointed that this is pushing through. I’m aware that I was a losing cause, but I vote no.”
You can watch the video of the vote here:
The Norfolk Environmental Commission — who is appointed by Norfolk City Council — was opposed to the project.