The Hampton History Museum presents the documentary short, “Troubled Water: Voices from Bath,” followed by a talk by the video’s directors, as part of its Port Hampton Culture Series on Monday, August 7, 7-8 pm.
Hosted by video co-directors Barbara Adams, Julian McBain and Sam Wright, along with photographer Lee Brauer, this multi-media, multi-perspective experience, addresses issues of the canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline and its potential impacts in Bath County, Virginia. Through exquisite photos and moving documentary-style video, this project shares stories of Bath residents, their history, relationship with the land and dreams for it. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline was a planned natural gas pipeline slated to run 600 miles from West Virginia, through Virginia, to eastern North Carolina. It was canceled in July 2020.
In 2014, Dominion Power announced plans for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia through the heart of Virginia. In early 2016, the proposed route was changed to go directly through Bath County, a place abundant with unspoiled natural beauty and many freshwater sources. The citizens of Bath County decided to fight back to protect their history, their heritage, their way of living and the nature around them. “Troubled Water: Voices from Bath” is their story.
“We are presenting the history of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the people who engaged in opposing it, to inform the public of what residents in other regions have done to shape the destiny of their community. This documentary is a creative example of measures people can take to actively ensure that the place they love remains vital for future generations,” says Luci Cochran, Hampton History Museum executive director.
Seeking to illuminate how the proposed Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline affects those living closest to it, professional photographer Lee Brauer, a recent Bath County resident, partnered with Barbara Adams, a member of Interfaith Climate Justice in Richmond, VA, and Julian McBain and Sam Wright, student environmental activists at Virginia Commonwealth University, to create “Troubled Water: Voices from Bath.” The 27-minute video was produced by Voices From Bath, a member of The Allegheny Blue-Ridge Alliance. The ABRA is dedicated to promoting and protecting the environmental integrity of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge region and the surrounding Central Appalachian Highlands of Virginia and West Virginia.
The event is free to museum members, and $5 for non-members. Not yet a member? Join today and save!
The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information call 757-727-1102.