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Pipeline
No Trespassing, No Surveying Sign

Pipeline: No Trespassing No Surveying Sign to post on your property. For use in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina

No Trespassing Sign


Safeguard America's Resources

Fact Sheets:

Pipelines

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Fracking Waste

Fracking Lease Risks

Social Impacts of Gas Fracking

Liquefied Natural Gas Export Terminals+Pipelines+Fracking Equals MORE FRACKING PIPELINES!

Natural Gas Compressor Stations
Air Pollution, Explosions and Fires

Opportunities for Action Environmental Permits

What's All The Fuss About Fracking? - an update


Chemical Disclosure Resolution Template to Protect Local Right-to-Know


BREDL has drafted a resolution template calling for full disclosure of chemicals to be used, stored, and transported at fracking sites, and we hope that groups across the state will adopt this resolution so that it can be presented to local governments in with support from their respective communities. The resolution is designed to be passed among organizations and local governments who can write in their own names and official status. We are asking that local groups adopt and share the resolution widely as an organizing tool in your communities.

Resolution Template
Resolution signed by BREDL Board


SIGN THE PETITION

Help BREDL hold Duke Energy accountable for the responsible management of their toxic waste. Please sign BREDL's petition to tell NC Gov. McCrory: "Don't Dump Coal Ash on Our Communities!"

Don''t Dump Coal Ash Petition


Coal Ash Disposition
The Alternative for North Carolina

BREDL's technical report which details the dangers of landfilling coal ash and recommends the proven saltstone technology for the coal ash at Duke Energy's fourteen power plants. The report entitled "Coal Ash Disposition: The Alternative for North Carolina," describes the saltstone technology which would encase the coal ash waste and isolate the toxins from the soil, air and water.

View BREDL Technical Report


No Fracking In Stokes

Hydrofracking
No Trespassing Sign

Hydrofracking: No Trespassing No Seismic Testing Sign to post on your property

No Trespassing Sign


What's All The Fuss About Fracking?

This BREDL report highlights the main issues with hydrofracking. Updated December 2013

Download the Report


League Fund

Honors Founder

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Board of Directors has recently approved the establishment of a fund to honor the work of Janet Marsh Zeller, who founded the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and served as its executive director for 28 years. Since July 2012, Janet has acted as a consultant to the BREDL Board Executive Committee. The honorary fund is a current fund (as opposed to an endowment fund) which will support the ongoing mission of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League. It will be a continuing fund, with individual gifts accepted throughout the year. All donations to BREDL are tax-deductible.

More Details | Donate to Fund


BREDL Chapters

BREDL welcomes these new chapters:

Northampton County Citizens Against Coal Ash (Northampton Co., NC) - July 2018

Woodsdale Concerned Citizens Group (Person Co., NC) - January 2018

Citizens for Arsenal Accountability (Blacksburg, VA) - April 2017

No Pipeline Johnston County (Johnston Co., NC) - February 2017


Safeguard America's Resources


BREDL, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and others file a Petition in U.S. District Court of Appeals seeking an emergency stay on MVP certificate

Aug. 17, 2018: The Petitioners cite FERC's refusal to allow the request of the Tribal Preservation Officers for consultation under Section 101(d)(6)(B) of the National Historic Preservation Act regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. The Preservation Petitioners hereby join the petitioners Appalachian Mountain Voices et al., in these consolidated cases in seeking an emergency stay to prevent irreparable injury to their members and interests pending this Court's review of the petitions. An emergency stay is warranted as a result of the Commission's actions of August 10, 2018 and August 15, 2018, modifying its previously-issued "stop work order" to allow MVP to undertake "stabilization" measures along certain areas along the pipeline route, and then allowing MVP to resume and complete pipeline construction along a portion of the right of way. These activities will irreparably harm historic and cultural resources, including a potential site of traditional and religious significance to the Siouan people, which will be adversely affected by these activities.

View Petition



Safeguard America's Resources


Mudslide Ralph

The Muddy Stream Crooners sing a little ditty about Virginia Governor Northam's inaction regarding the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines.

Call Governor Ralph Northam at 804-786-2211. Ask him to Stop both the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.



Nuclear | Clean Air


BREDL submits comments to Georgia EPD regarding Plant Vogtle Title V Permit Renewal as BREDL's Title V Petition to U.S. EPA from August 2010 is still not resolved

Aug. 9, 2018: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and its chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff have filed detailed comments opposing the state’s air pollution permit for Plant Vogtle. In the comments, the groups oppose the excessive levels of hazardous air pollution emitted from the cooling towers and other sources in a community already stressed by power plant impacts. They called upon the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to reject the permit.

View Press Release | View BREDL Comments | View BREDL 2010 Petition




Safeguard America's Resources


BREDL Sends Letters to NC and VA Governors expressing concern over Tactics by Pipelines' Private Security

In March, BREDL sent letters to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam expressing our concerns regarding the tactics being used by private security for both Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines.

During peaceful protests, far from the pipeline route and held far from property the proposed ACP or MVP might lay claim to, security operatives have taken photographs of the opposition without their permission. At public hearings private security firms have been observed photographing people who spoke in opposition to the pipelines. Private security was also observed taking pictures of the license plates of opposition members’ vehicles, not only at public meetings, but at meetings of grassroots groups held on private property. Finally, some opposition members have been followed as they made their way home. This kind of activity is clearly an attempt to intimidate.

Most recently, landowners attempting to document surveying and tree-cutting activities have been filmed by and experienced aggressive behavior from members of out-of-state crews. Most of these companies are not licensed in North Carolina.

View Letter to Gov. Cooper | View Letter to Gov. Northam

Aug 1, 2018: Lisa Sorg has written an article for NC Policy Watch regarding North Carolina's surveillance and counter-terrorism unit assessing pipeline protestors.

Read the NC Policy Watch article: State Bureau of Investigation unit prepared "threat assessment" of Atlantic Coast Pipeline protestors



Organization


BREDL Honors James Johnson

Lou Zeller, BREDL Executive Director, presents thirty years of service award to James Johnson at BREDL’s July 28, 2018 Board of Director’s meeting in Greensboro, NC. James served as BREDL’s Co-President for most of those years. James was given an engraved clock. He also received a new BREDL title: At-large Vice President, emeritus. Thank You James!



Clean Air


BREDL submits comments regarding SC DHEC Draft General Synthetic Minor Construction Permit for Asphalt Permits

July 25, 2018: The setting of overall tonnage limits as contemplated in the draft GSM is wholly inadequate. It should be abandoned. A practical, enforceable method would be a better approach for the permittees, the Department of Health and Environmental Control and the people of South Carolina.

View BREDL Comments



National Environmental Policy Act


BREDL submits comments on proposed changes to NEPA

July 20, 2018: The principal goal of the order appears to be reducing the amount of time it takes for environmental reviews for infrastructure projects. Yet neither the order nor the CEQ guidance associated with the order offers any showing of need. No examples are given on infrastructure projects delayed by NEPA review. In sum, the order lacks any legal basis upon which to predicate a rulemaking of the nature contemplated by the order.

View BREDL Comments



Safeguard America's Resources


BREDL and its Buckingham Chapter, Concern for the New Generation, File Supreme Court Appeal regarding Special Use Permit for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

July 19, 2018: This week the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and its chapter, Concern for the New Generation, and its members filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Virginia regarding Buckingham County’s approval of a special use permit for a compressor station for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The suit was originally filed February 6, 2017 pro se. Circuit Court Judge William Alexander dismissed the case in January, 2018 on technicalities regarding the form used in the pro se filing.

View the Press Release : View the Appeal to Virginia Supreme Court



Safeguard America's Resources


BREDL files Title VI Environmental Justice Complaint with EPA against the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

June 20, 2018: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) and its Virginia chapters, Protect Our Water, Concern for the New Generation and No ACP, filed a Title VI civil rights complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) office of External Civil Rights Compliance Office (ECRCO). BREDL’s Stop the Pipelines Campaign Coordinator, Sharon Ponton, stated, “The 26-page complaint tells the story of VADEQ’s segmented process for 401 water quality certification and asks the EPA to void the certification until a thorough environmental justice analysis is completed. We believe we have presented a strong case indicating the environmental justice communities along the path of the proposed ACP will be disproportionately impacted by health impacts from pollution caused by toxic, polluting pipeline infrastructure and its contributions to global warming from leaks and its compressor station, as well as the health affects from noise and toxic emissions from its compressor stations. The complaint also outlines disproportionate impacts from possible threats to water supplies, safety related issues from discriminatory construction rules, and property loss through eminent domain.”

View the Press Release : View the Title VI Complaint





Summer 2018

The League Line: Summer 2018 issue is now available online.



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Sign the Petition
Petition

Make Radiation Visible Petition

Bellefonte Efficiency & Sustainability Team (BEST) Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation (MATRR)
MATRR.org - Because It Matters


BREDL Fact Sheets

Most Recent:

Updated Aug 2016 BREDL Fact Sheet - Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station, Buckingham County, VA

May 2016: BREDL Unequal Protection Fact Sheet The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Discriminatory Laws & Regulations

April 2016 BREDL Fact Sheet - Small Modular Reactors

Sept. 2015 BREDL Fact Sheet - Appalachian Materials, LLC Proposed Asphalt Plant in Glendale Springs, NC.

March 2014: BREDL Fact Sheet: "Don't Dump Coal Ash on our Communities"

More Fact Sheets:

A chronological list of Fact Sheets can be found on our
BREDL Fact Sheets page.



BREDL Partners
with TERC

TERC is partnering with environmental action groups in twelve states to advance the quantitative literacy skills needed to understand and solve pressing environmental problems.

More about this partnership


EDUCATIONAL TOOLS

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The League Line


BREDL's Summer 2018 newsletter available online

The LEAGUE LINE: Summer 2018

- Cover: How Do You Know If You Are Winning? by Pastor Cary Rodgers, Jr.
Sping 2018
- Director's Report: Victory for Clean Air by Louis Zeller
- How Long is Too Long - In Pursuit of Public Records by Therese Vick
- Title VI Civil Rights Complaints Filed with EPA by NC and VA Environmental Groups by Sharon Ponton
- Working Alongside the Sioux to Preserve Native American History by Ann Rogers
- BREDL Welcomes 2018 Interns
- Augusta, Georgia Advances Climate Solutions and Zero Waste by 2050 by Charles N. Utley, Associate Director















BREDL and Concerned Citizens of Richmond County Press Conference - On October 8, 2015 Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and Concerned Citizens of Richmond County stood in front of the HQ of NCDENR in Raleigh, NC to announce that they have renewed their citizen's lawsuit against EPA and the state's permit for failure to properly regulate Duke Energy's Turbines in Hamlet, NC. The citizens of Richmond county are already being harmed with excessive amounts of air pollution from Duke's power plant.





Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is a regional, community-based, non-profit environmental organization. Our founding principles are earth stewardship, environmental democracy, social justice, and community empowerment.

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3). EIN: 58-1624130