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Stella Martin Interview: Part 2

The second half of a two-part interview with Greene County activist and water protector, Stella Martin, in which she talks about participating in the Water Walk for live, an event which took place from July 22 to Aug. 5.

Designed to bring awareness to a proposal by a company called Pilgrim Pipeline, the company is seeking to construct a 170-mile pipeline connecting Albany, NY to Linden, NJ for the transport of Bakken crude oil, the same volatile substance behind the violent train explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec back in 2013.

To bring attention to the issue, the Water Walk was organized by members of the Grafton Peace Pagoda in Grafton, NY. Led by Buddhist nun and long-time activist Jun “Jun-San” Yasuda, she and other protesters walked the entire length of the proposed pipeline route.

Martin was one of the many area activists who joined the members of the Peace Pagoda and other activists when the march came through Greene County, and she talks about the experience, meeting other activists, and the importance of educating the people about the pipeline.

Martin’s full interview with activists Bill Barr and George Cho can be found here.

More information on Martin’s organization, can be found here.

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Tyrone Heppard
Tyrone is a reporter from Binghamton, NY based in Syracuse, NY. focused primarily on issues related to area politics, education and the environment. When not running down under-reported stories of abuse or corruption, he will likely be found listening to loud, fast music or doing something nerdy/related to Game of Thrones.