I visited the family of Carolyn and Ian Reilly at their smallish Four Corners Farm and learned first-hand of the extensive physical, cultural, psychological, emotional and community damage the gas pipeline that is under consideration will do.
The Reilly farm, which has been years in the building, is an environmentally-friendly creation of people who love the land, their families and their culture. They are careful and they farm the right way, which is to say in a sustainable manner.
This pipeline would cut a swath 150-feet wide and 1/4 mile long through the middle of their best grazing land. God only knows what it will do to the soil and the water on the land. Nobody is saying the pipeline will make a better place for the Reillys. Most agree their small patch of heaven will be despoiled by wealthy industrialists who don’t care one whit what happens to the land under which their pipeline carries their potential billions of dollars.
This is Trump nation where good people like the Reillys and their four children, people who do everything right, are seen as expendable. If they are expendable, then so are we all. In a few hours we will see the despicable, excremental Roy Moore, an accused child predator, elevated to the U.S. Senate while the Reillys fight tooth and nail to save their small farm.
The whole family fights, organizes, speaks, shows up, argues and Carolyn even started Bold Alliance, a non-profit hell-bent on stopping this atrocity, the likes of which have become so common in the past year of Trump and his minions.
I admit to having been a passive observer of the pipeline issue–which is quite complex on the technical side. But seeing the simplicity of a small, good family struggling in the face of a big, soulless, culture-destroying industry gives me pause. Serious pause.