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Loudoun Environmental Group Adds North-South Corridor To Climate Change Debate

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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 9:11 am | Updated: 10:17 am, Tue Sep 24, 2013.

A small group of environmental activists yesterday joined a nationwide protest effort designed to call attention to the climate change implications of the Keystone XL pipeline, but turned its focus controversial project closer to home.

Members of 350 Loudoun gathered at the Rt. 7/River Creek Parkway interchange to display banners opposing construction of the North-South Corridor, which would link and widen series of road segments to link I-95 in Prince William county to Rt. 7, via Belmont Ridge Road.

Jerry Stewart, of Aldie, said the group in joining with the Piedmont Environmental Council and other critics who have charged the project would divert funds from other needed transportation improvements and spur sprawl development, but the protesters especially want to add into the debate concerns the North-South Corridor and other “fossil fuel infrastructure” projects like it would contribute to global warming and increase carbon emissions.

Stewart said it is not just residents along the corridor alignment who should be about the project, but all residents worried about the environmental impacts. “We need to stop building infrastructure that drives fossil fuel expansion, from the Outer Beltway to the Keystone XL pipeline, and start building clean transportation and energy solutions.”

Leesburg Town Councilwoman Kelly Burk joined the protest. She said the town will continue to opposed the road project because it threatens to dump traffic from i-95 and Prince William County onto Rt. 7 and then through Leesburg. “The town is furious,” she said “This road is wrong. It is wrong for Loudoun County. It is wrong for Leesburg. And it is wrong for the citizens."

The group stood along the highway for about an hour. They held signs and two large banners reading “No Outer Beltway” and “Draw The Line For Smart Growth.”

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  • Mykel posted at 7:06 am on Tue, Sep 24, 2013.

    Mykel Posts: 11


    The reason now this highway has come up is that 28 and 15 don't handle the N/S traffic well. A daily trip through the Battlefield reveals this. Daily, you have mile+ long back-ups on Sudley Road just to get through a traffic light. That intersection has failed for years. This road is long over-due.

  • STPickrell posted at 4:52 pm on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    STPickrell Posts: 49

    Not sure why the sudden focus on this road -- yes it has been on the books for decades, so why is it so important to discuss NOW, when 28/15 handle N-S traffic, when we could spend this money on any number of things that are already being used ... no, not a NIMBY but just curious as to the importance of this road in various planning documents.

  • norges55 posted at 3:49 pm on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    norges55 Posts: 1042

    Maybe it was the debunked hockey stick he should of beat him with.
    Kelly Burk is a Nimby just like Ken Reid.

  • Glory posted at 1:40 pm on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    Glory Posts: 1035

    Would that be the research that Cuccinelli used to attack Mann?

  • westLOUDOUNer posted at 11:22 am on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    westLOUDOUNer Posts: 983

    Scientists have finally figured out that the increase in atmospheric gases is directly related to the significant increase of people converting from meat eater to Veganism - directly related to the increased consumption of beans.

  • ChangingClimate posted at 11:02 am on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    ChangingClimate Posts: 3

    Leesburgboy, I am sorry you are still in the denial phase of climate change. Scientists started understanding the link between atmospheric gases and our climate in the 1800's and by 1950, we had a decent understanding that if CO2 increased, global temperatures would follow. Today, scientists around the world are studying this change and its effects and modeling the future of our climate. The outlook is horrible for all life. Trying to use the lack of monster hurricanes to prove that man-made climate change is not happening is like looking in only one room in a house to see if there are issues with the house. There are dozens of lines of evidence, from accelerated melting of glaciers to the range of warm climate animals (and diseases) shifting further from the equator, to a weakening of our jet stream. 350 Loudoun hosts monthly outreach meetings at Rust Library and the next one is Tuesday night at 7 pm. I look forward to seeing you there.

  • leesburgboy posted at 7:50 pm on Sun, Sep 22, 2013.

    leesburgboy Posts: 105

    please oppose to oppose, but try not tying things into global warming. you lose many of us due to your cause. why not post all the class 5 hurricanes about to hit the US on your facebook page in lieu of hong kong. oh that's right, there aren't any. even if a new bridge were constructed, into Maryland, I would be opposed because I feel it will have a significant negative impact on Loudoun county, especially leesburg.

  • The Naked Truth posted at 12:27 pm on Sun, Sep 22, 2013.

    The Naked Truth Posts: 97

    Once again, Kelly Burk rolling in bed with the anti-transportation crowd

  • Mykel posted at 9:53 am on Sun, Sep 22, 2013.

    Mykel Posts: 11

    I guess these folks have no problem with the exhaust fumes being pumped out of the thousands of vehicles that are sitting idling in the congestion through the Manassas Battlefield every morning and evening.

    How many people are demonstrating in this photo? Seven?