|Protestors gather on Browns Island before marching to the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Va., Saturday, July 23, 2016. They were demanding that Gov. Terry McAuliffe "put people over polluters on pipelines, coal ash and climate action." (Daytona Niles/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)|
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have streamed into Virginia's capital city to criticize the Democratic governor's energy policies, including his support for a proposed natural gas pipeline.
Carrying signs that read "We won't pipe down," the group on Saturday also lambasted Gov. Terry McAuliffe's support for offshore oil drilling and for not trying to stop an electric company's release of treated coal ash water into rivers.
Among the protesters was 23-year-old Sonia Wang, an environmental researcher who lives in Richmond. She said it's important to show that these issues matter to Virginians and to hold McAuliffe accountable for his support of fossil fuels.
A McAuliffe spokeswoman has told media outlets in recent weeks that he's aggressively pushed for renewable energy development in Virginia, particularly solar generation.