Holy frack! In Kentucky, a whole heap of singing nuns have become vocal adversaries of a Marion County anti-fracking movement. Pipeline representatives from the Bluegrass Pipeline have aggressively approached the Sisters of Loretto about surveying their land for the transportation of natural gas, insisting that, ”this is going to happen, so if you don’t want to say yes, we’ll use eminent domain,” says Sister Maria Visse, who has lived on the Sisters’ land since 1955.
But they’re holding strong through rallies and song — the answer is a harmonious “no” from the 200-year-old female ascetic.
“This isn’t about fight corporations, this is about saving our heritage,” Visse told Climate Desk, who created a short video about the Sisters’ struggle.
The proposed pipeline would run about 1,100 miles of natural gas from Pennsylvania to Ohio and through the Sisters’ land in central Kentucky, an 800-acre campus that’s been around since the early 1800s. The pipeline corporation says that they intend to create “jobs” and “modern infrastructure to delivery energy to the markets that need it,” but the nuns see things differently through their stained glass windows.
“This goes very, very deep. This is our Motherhouse, and so it’s deep inside each and every one of us,” says Visse.
Other sisters in the community point out that fracking would cause pollution, threaten their precious resources and wreak havoc on the land’s wildlife, which includes 250 species of birds (you know, aside from basically like, crushing their souls and destroying “a sacred bond with their faith” — NBD).
“But what if we’re creating new jobs with other technologies?” questions Visse. “The longer we support fossil fuel, we’re just going to continue on the same broken road.”
PREACH, Sisters. Literally.