Peaceful Conflict Brews over ‘Sacred Ground’


 In Marshall County there’s a peaceful conflict brewing over the proposed Rover Pipeline plan and it’s because it could pass through what Hare Krishna Leaders say is “sacred land” in their community.

The Hare Krishna Community is concerned that New Vrindaban, home of the Palace of Gold, could have a major pipeline running right through it.

Hare Krishna leaders said it would hit two of their communities most significant areas. There is a court hearing taking place Thursday at the U.S. District Court in Wheeling to decide the future plans of the Majorsville Lateral pipeline.

7News talked to the director of communications at ISKCON New Vrindaban, about the upcoming hearing and he just wants people to know one thing. “We are not here to stop the Rover Pipeline company’s pipeline, rather we’d like to come to an understanding that our sacred spaces are not harmed. That would be very disturbing to our residents and pilgrims,” said Director of Communications at ISKCON New Vrindiban, Vrindavan Das.

Das went on to say they’re hoping the officials with the Rover Pipeline honor the significance the sacred place has on their community.

The Hare Krishna devotees are planning on chanting and distributing cookies in front of the U.S. District Court in Wheeling from 9:30 to 10:15 Thursday morning.

Stay with 7New for continued coverage.

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