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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:

Protect Our Water! (Nelson Co., VA) - June 2016

Elmwood Strong (Iredell Co., NC) - June 2016

Nash Stop the Pipeline (Nash Co., NC) - May 2016

Earth Allies (Frederick, Warren & Clarke Co., VA) - May 2016

No ACP/Virginia People’s Climate (Richmond, VA) - February 2016

Cumberland County Caring Voices (C3V) (Cumberland Co., NC) - February 2016




Safeguard America's Resources - EVENT


Plan a Hands Across Our Land 2016 action in your community. It's Easy!!

Hands Across Our Land 2016
Hands Across Our Land, to be held August 18, 2016, is a national grassroots action designed to bring attention to the plight landowners and communities face at the hands of bullying, multi-billion dollar corporations in their quest to build new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Plan a Hands Across Our Land 2016 action in your community. It's Easy!!

For more information: Hands Across Our Land



Nuclear | Clean Water


EPA has proposed to significantly raise the allowable levels of radioactivity in drinking water following nuclear accidents.

July 16, 2016: We oppose any weakening of drinking water standards for radioactivity. The Safe Drinking Water Act limits should be complied with. The Protective Action Guides should do what they are supposed to do: provide protective action guidance for authorities on how to treat contaminated water or provide alternative drinking water supplies.

Comment Deadline is July 25, 2016!
Please see Fact Sheet for details.

BREDL Fact Sheet



No Mega-dumps


Person County PRIDE Calls for Megadump Closure
New Report Details Cost Saving Alternative

PCPRIDE Report
June 29, 2016: In a report released today, “Wasted: A Call for Person County to End its Relationship with Republic Services,” Person County PRIDE launched a new campaign calling for an end to decades of solid waste imports into Person County.

PC PRIDE Press Release | Report



Coal Ash


League Files Ethics Complaint against
NC Governor Pat McCrory

June 24, 2016: Raleigh-Today, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) announced the filing of an ethics violation against Governor McCrory. Filed with the North Carolina Ethics Commission, the complaint details actions taken by the Governor and his appointees which appear to violate the law prohibiting acts exerting undue influence and improper use of state agency time and resources.

BREDL Press Release | BREDL Complaint



Safeguard America's Resources - MVP


Residents’ Report Findings on Pipeline to Franklin County:
Billion Dollar Disaster and Archaeological Destruction

June 21, 2016: Franklin County, VA— Today the Franklin County Board of Supervisors heard from concerned citizens regarding the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). During the citizen comment period, two presenters detailed major financial and historical factors against the pipeline.

BREDL Press Release (with links to Key-log Economics Report)



Nuclear


BREDL comments on Dept. of Energy Invitation for
Public Comment to Inform the Design of a
Consent-based Siting Process.

June 14, 2016: BREDL responds to the Invitation for Public Comment; specifically, to share our views on why concept of "informed consent" is so problematic with regard to radioactive waste policy.

Read BREDL's Comments



Nuclear - Plant Vogtle


BREDL & Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff File Reply to NRC

June 3, 2016: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff filed their reply to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in an ongoing battle against a license amendment at Plant Vogtle which would increase the potential risk of hydrogen fire and explosion, causing damage to the community living in the shadow of nuclear power plants in Burke County, Georgia.

BREDL Reply



Safeguard America's Resources


BREDL Fact Sheet
Unequal Protection

The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Discriminatory Laws & Regulations

BREDL Unequal Protection Fact Sheet



Safeguard America's Resources - MVP


FOIA Documents Reveal Lack of Neutrality in County BOS
Franklin County’s Governing Body Exposed

May 17, 2016: Frankin County, VA – Today, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) Community Organizer Carolyn Reilly presented to the Franklin County Board of Supervisors (BOS) the long-awaited findings from their FOIA request. In documents obtained by Preserve Franklin, a BREDL chapter, Reilly found clear evidence that the BOS is not taking a neutral stand on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

BREDL Press Release & FOIA Documents, Findings | BOS Presentation



Nuclear - Plant Vogtle


League Files New Safety Lawsuit
Against Plant Vogtle Construction

May 12, 2016: Today BREDL and the Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff announced a challenge to a license amendment at Plant Vogtle which would increase the potential risk of hydrogen fire and explosion, causing damage to the containment structures of two nuclear power plants now being constructed in Burke County, Georgia. Unaccountably, four years elapsed before the company informed NRC of this risk.

BREDL Press Release | BREDL Petition



Safeguard America's Resources


Activists Dub McAuliffe “The Pipeline Planter” at
Private Event held at Public State Park

May 5, 2016: Huddleston, Virginia—Protesters for both the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines met at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park this afternoon to mock Governor McAuliffe’s attempted greenwashing of his environmental record by planting trees in the State Park. One protester, wearing a suit and McAuliffe mask, held a dead tree in one arm with a sign saying, “I’m a tree killer.” In the other arm, he held a pipeline with a sign that said, “I’m a pipeline planter.”

BREDL Press Release



Safeguard America's Resources


Virginia Gas Pipeline Opponents Invite “Keystone Killer” Jane Kleeb to Speak at Public Events

April 20, 2016: Community groups across Virginia who are fighting the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines have invited Jane Kleeb to Virginia to share her experience of bringing together an unlikely alliance of landowners, farmers, ranchers and Tribal Nations to fight the Keystone XL pipeline.

Kleeb is president of Bold Nebraska and the Bold Alliance. She earned the nickname "Keystone Killer" in Rolling Stone Magazine for her role in successfully stopping the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska.

Friday, April 22 Venues:
Boones Mill (10am) Heatherwood Apartments, Community Room, 1009 Heatherwood Drive, Boones Mill, VA 24065
Roanoke (12pm) Unitarian Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Rd. S.W. Roanoke, VA 24015
Virginia Tech (2:30pm) Atrium, Major William Hall, 220 Stanger St. Blacksburg, VA 24061


BREDL Press Release



Safeguard America's Resources


BREDL Fact Sheet: Small Modular Reactors

April 2016: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expecting an application for a site permit from the Tennessee Valley Authority to build a new type of nuclear powered electric generating plant near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The application is expected on or before May 12, 2016. BREDL staff and volunteers attended the NRC’s recent public meeting about the project and is working with local residents who are concerned about TVA’s plans.

BREDL Fact Sheet





Summer 2016

The League Line: Summer 2016 issue is now available online.



What if Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!


Sign the Petition
Petition

Make Radiation Visible Petition

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


What's the lowdown on nuclear power?

Mad Science

Check out this new book by Joe Mangano: "Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment"


BREDL Fact Sheets

Most Recent:

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

Nov. 2015 BREDL Fact Sheet - Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station, Buckingham County, VA

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 2016 newsletter available online

The LEAGUE LINE: Summer 2016

- Cover: Ethics Complaint Filed Against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory by Therese Vick
- The "Smoke" of Environmental Justice. by Cary Rodgers
- Governor McAuliffe: You Can Run, But You Can't HIDE! by Carolyn Reilly
Summer 2016
- 2nd Annual Hands Across Our Land On August 28, 2016 by Sharon Ponton
- Director's Report: Forming Coalitions: Be Wary, Be Smart by Lou Zeller
- I-73 Roanoke, VA - NC Line 25 years of no funding by Mark Barker
- Potassium Iodide A Must For the Medicine Cabinet by Charles Utley
- Don't Dump on Me by Lou Zeller
- Justice for All? North Carolina's False Promises of Environmental Justice for Communities Targeted for Coal Ash Disposal by Therese Vick
- Fundraising with "Fun"-Raising by Leigh Rainey
- Two Ways to Give Back by Leigh Rainey















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.