Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

League Fund

Honors Founder

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Board of Directors has established 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. The honorary fund supports the ongoing mission of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League. Individual gifts accepted throughout the year. All donations to BREDL are tax-deductible.

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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:


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

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 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

BREDL Chapters

BREDL welcomes these new chapters:

Chapel Hill Organization for Clean Energy (Chapel Hill, NC) - April 2019

Sustainable Madison (Madison Co., NC) - February 2019

Rabun Gap Chapter (Rabun Co., GA) - January 2019

No Snow Camp Mine (Alamance Co., NC) - January 2019

Coal Ash

Northampton County Citizens Against Coal Ash interviews

An interview with members of the Executive Team of North Carolina's Northampton County Citizens Against Coal Ash talk about their fight to prevent Vista Green from putting an enormous coal ash dump in their county. Interviews and Video from Ken and Deborah Ferruccio, Environmental Educators and Activists

Safeguard America's Resources

The League comments to FERC regarding Return on Equity

June 26, 2019: FERC’s mission is to assist consumers to obtain economical, safe, reliable, and secure energy services at a reasonable cost. But artificially high incentives in pipeline development are causing excessive pipeline construction and needless community devastation.

BREDL Full Comments

Clean Air - Asphalt Plants

BREDL chapter Sustainable Madison airs radio ads

BREDL chapter Sustainable Madison has aired 2 radio spots expressing the group's concerns regarding a proposed asphalt plant in Madison County.

Listen to the Ads: Spot 1 | Spot 2

Clean Water

BREDL submits comments to EPA regarding
Draft PFAS recommendations

Jun 10, 2019: The EPA interim recommendations for addressing groundwater contaminated with PFOA and PFOS needs to be expanded to include all PFAS as a class. Any talk of cleanup needs to examine previous industrial sites that probably emitted/discharged PFAS chemicals. All areas of PFAS contamination – soil, surface and ground water, air and food – need to be properly addressed. In addition to the class of PFAS, short-chain replacement chemicals that convey similar health impacts – such as GenX – also need to be included.

The federal government is hell-bent on fast tracking projects that harm the environment. For a change, how about fast tracking a plan that will clean up the entire class of PFAS contaminants and their short-chain replacements?

BREDL Full Comments

Safeguard America's Resources

BREDL comments to FERC on the Draft National Register of Historic Places Nomination for the Coles-Terry Rural Historic District impacted by Mountain Valley Pipeline

May 31, 2019: BREDL comments that there is a failure to designate all applicable national register criteria. The Draft National Register of Historic Places Nomination for the Coles-Terry Rural Historic District (“Nomination”) designates that the CTRHD is qualified for National Register listing under Criterion A as a property “associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history”. On page 14, the Nomination designates “agriculture” as the area of significance in which the District is eligible under Criterion A. There are no other National Register criteria listed besides Criterion A, and no other areas of significance listed besides “Agriculture”. The Nomination's treatment of the National Register criteria applicable to the CTRHD should also include Criteria C and D.

BREDL also points out problems with the Nomination's definition of district boundaries. The first problem with the Nomination's treatment of boundaries for the CTRHD stems from the unsubstantiated decision to expand the eastern boundary of the district to include a significant number of suburban homes built within the last 50 years. The district's boundaries as they appear in the Preliminary Information Form are the product of weeks of painstaking on-the-ground surveys performed in an effort to exclude non- contributing suburban homes that have been built in many parts of the Bent Mountain community over the past 50 years.

BREDL Full Comments

Nuclear - Plant Vogtle

BREDL and our chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff comment on Plant Vogtle NPDES Permit

May 30, 2019: We maintain that the EPD’s inclusion of mitigation in a water withdrawal permit was the wrong measure in the wrong place. It was unfair and contrary to the law for NPDES measures— accounting for chemical and thermal discharges to waters of the United States—to be allowed through the back door of a water withdrawal permit.

BREDL Comments

Safeguard America's Resources

Drone Video and Photos from ACP construction in November in North Carolina shows destruction

View Photos from November 27, 2018 in Cumberland County, NC.

Safeguard America's Resources

24-hour Vigil for Justice calls on Governor Northam and AG Herring to Protect People and Environment over Pipelines

View Photos from the March 27-28 Vigil.

Clean Air

BREDL Comments on Columbia Gas Shenandoah Compressor Station in Page County, VA Draft Title V Air Permit

April 1, 2019: BREDL comments included: "40 to 85 percent of the fuel burned produces no electric power. But air pollution and global warming gases are created by combustion whether power is produced or not. Moreover, how the turbines are managed and the conditions under which they operate affect efficiency and air pollution emissions."

"The potential emissions of formaldehyde may affect the children attending the Page County High School and Middle School ... each located less than a mile from the Shenandoah Compressor Station."

"The DEQ must take steps to reduce this and other hazardous air pollutants at this compressor station."

BREDL Comments

Spring 2019

The League Line: Spring 2019 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!

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


Social Connection

The League Line

BREDL's Spring 2019 newsletter available online

The LEAGUE LINE: Spring 2019
- Cover: 24-Hour Vigil for Justice Calls on Governor Northam and AG Herring to Protect Creation and Life Over Pipelines by Sharon Ponton
- Director's Report: Whatever it Takes by Louis Zeller
- David vs. Goliath: North Carolina Landowners Continue to Win in Federal Court against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by Therese Vick
Spring 2019
- The Importance of having an Environmental Justice Program at the Community Level by Charles Utley
- Compressor Station's Toxic Fluctuations by Pastor Cary Rodgers
- Environmental Justice Failure by North Carolina by Lou Zeller
- Clean Water Act Under Attack - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back by Ann Rogers
- New Chapter Forms in Rabun Gap, Georgia by Mark Barker
- Saving the Jewel of the Blue Ridge by Emily Sontag, Sustainable Madison
- BREDL Welcomes New Staff Members Renee Cail and Jenn Galler

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