‘Hands Across Our Land’ action aimed at W.Va., Va. pipelines

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, protesters gather and hold signs before a hearing on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, oil and gas drilling, in Raleigh, N.C. A judge has halted the approval of fracking operations in North Carolina until a higher court weighs in on the legality of the appointment of several boards that manage state resources and the environment. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Opponents of pipelines delivering fracked natural gas are joining together in Virginia, West Virginia and elsewhere in a show of solidarity.

The collective action will occur Tuesday during what is called “Hands Across Our Land.” In a number of locations, activists opposed to natural gas pipelines will join hands in a show of unity against hundreds of miles of proposed pipelines.

Two proposed pipelines would stretch from West Virginia, through Virginia and into North Carolina. They would be delivering natural gas from Marcellus shale fields in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

In Virginia, Hands Across Our Land events are planned in Augusta, Floyd, Franklin and Nelson counties, among others, plus Richmond and Roanoke. In West Virginia, activists will join hands in Greenbrier and Monroe counties, among other locations.

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