Virginia, November 6th- During the 2017 primaries the Virginia River Healers asked Justin Fairfax, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Candidate his stance on major pipeline projects, fracking, offshore drilling, and coal ash. Fairfax responded to our call and clearly opposed all four of these key water issues that Virginians are currently facing. Fairfax has stood by their responses throughout the election and has shown a valued commitment to protecting Virginia's rivers and water. This is what pipeline fighters and water protectors dream about, a candidate who understands that water is a human right and will stand with Virginians who are protecting their land, mountains, forests, rivers and right to water.
Fairfax: “I am against both the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline. There has been no case made as to why these pipelines are necessary, with regard to both economic and environmental factors. These pipelines will disrupt state land and wildlife, leading to even more destruction of Virginia’s ecosystems. We do, however, need to create sustainable, higher paying jobs in many areas without unnecessarily harming the environment or health of those in nearby communities.”
Fairfax: “I oppose fracking and support a statewide ban. Fracking leads to contamination of ground soil, air, and our water. Fracking leaks cause polluted streams, rivers, and drinking water which threatens the health of local communities. Regions with fracking have also seen increased levels of air pollution. Fracking’s threats to public health and the environment heavily outweigh the benefits.”
On Offshore Drilling
Fairfax: “I am against offshore drilling. There is clear evidence that offshore drilling poses a substantial risk to the Chesapeake Bay and the regional economy. Virginia is heavily dependent on all that the Bay provides, and an oil spill would be absolutely devastating to our economy and environment. I will fight to protect the Bay.”
On Coal Ash
Fairfax: “Virginia needs to adopt a policy of closely monitoring and securing coal ash deposits from seeping into Virginia’s waterways. The pattern of environmental incidents arising from coal ash storage areas breaking down has been very troubling to me, and as Lieutenant Governor I will work to promote policies that will ensure that coal ash does not pose a risk to our rivers, wetlands, and tidal zones. For the coal ash that has already entered our waterways, I will support efforts to remove it and prevent it from doing further harm to our precious rivers, wetlands, and the Chesapeake Bay. In the longer term, I hope that Virginia’s production of coal ash will be reduced as we transition to cleaner energy sources, including wind, solar, and hydroelectric energy sources.”