Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

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


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

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


EPA Should Hold Industry Financially Accountable
for its Toxic Messes

Nov. 15, 2016: It's well past time for EPA to fulfill its mandate under Superfund to ensure that industries handling hazardous substances have the resources to conduct timely and comprehensive cleanups. We teach our children to clean up their own messes—it’s time industry did the same.

BREDL Letter to EPA

Safeguard America's Resources

“Woven Gaze: Eyes of the Earth” Project Unveiled

Oct. 27, 2016: Franklin County, Virginia— Today, artists, landowners, and eco-activists celebrated the launch of Woven Gaze: Eyes of the Earth. Conceived by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), the unveiling of the project involved many coordinated efforts of people throughout the region; leadership for this launch included Steve and Anne Bernard, Kelly Love and Carolyn Reilly.

BREDL Press Release

Clean Air

BREDL Calls for EPA to Respond to Petitions

Oct. 24, 2016: In our experience, the petitioning of the US Environmental Protection Agency under Title V of the Clean Air Act is an unsatisfactory procedural exercise with an unacceptable outcome. EPA response has been slow to non-existent. The deadlines required of the public to file petitions are cast in concrete, but the statutory deadlines applying to the agency are written in sand. The EPA should view petitioners as allies, not as adversaries. Our comments include highlights from three petitions in which state agencies failed to adhere to federal law.

BREDL Letter to EPA

Safeguard America's Resources

Pipeline Opponents Say County Deceived Residents
Demand NO Easement Agreement

Oct. 18, 2016: Franklin County, VA – Today at a public hearing, opponents of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline presented their arguments against an easement agreement to the Franklin County Board of Supervisors. Many landowners expressed outrage at the deception by the Board about its position on the agreement.

Preserve Franklin Press Release

Nuclear - Plant Vogtle

The League files Appeal of Plant Vogtle Decision

Oct. 11, 2016: Hydrogen created during an accident in a nuclear power plant can explode. Hydrogen igniters are supposed to burn the gas before it reaches dangerous levels. But rather than performing a rigorous analysis as required by federal law and common sense, Southern Nuclear chose to modify its design by adding two hydrogen igniters in a “likely area” based on personal “judgment” of its engineers. Reliance on engineering judgment instead of rigorous testing and analysis creates uncertainty and compromises plant safety.

BREDL Appeal

Safeguard America's Resources

BREDL Comments on Buckingham Co., VA Special Use Permit for proposed Natural Gas Compressor

Sept. 26, 2016: Unwanted, unpleasant noise is a growing public health problem. Industrial sources of noise such as natural gas compressor stations commonly disrupt communities. But the economic considerations of special interest groups cannot be allowed to take precedence over the right to be secure in one’s home.

BREDL Comments

Safeguard America's Resources

"Protectors" Proclaim: Pipelines are DIRTY BUSINESS

Sept. 22, 2016: Roanoke, Virginia—Residents from across the region joined forces this morning to shine a light on Governor McAuliffe's ill-conceived support of two proposed 42-inch fracked gas transmission pipelines—the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. The protest, dubbed "Pipelines are DIRTY Business" was held outside the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce where Governor McAuliffe attended the Roanoke Clean Energy Business Roundtable.

BREDL Press Release

Solid Waste Regulations

BREDL Comments on Proposed Amendments to Georgia’s Rules for Solid Waste Management Chapter 391-3-4

Aug. 10, 2016: The Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has proposed adopting the US EPA’s rules, including their requirements for liner systems. However, this design is not likely to protect groundwater from contamination. The efficacy of using composite liner systems for containment of coal ash has not been demonstrated.

BREDL Comments

Safeguard America's Resources

BREDL Comments on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits

Aug. 1, 2016: BREDL’s comments on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permit 12 for Utility Line Activities (“NWP 12”), and specifically the use of the permit to regulate the construction of gas pipelines. In support of healthy communities and clean environments, we call for the exclusion of gas pipeline projects in the mid-Atlantic mountain region from coverage under Nationwide Permit 12.

BREDL Comments

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

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)


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.


Fall 2016

The League Line: Fall 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

Make Radiation Visible Petition

Bellefonte Efficiency & Sustainability Team (BEST) Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation (MATRR) - 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:

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 Fall 2016 newsletter available online

The LEAGUE LINE: Fall 2016

- Cover: Industries' Racket by Louis Zeller
- Living in the Shadow of Oppression; Eminent Domain by Carolyn Reilly
Fall 2016
- Director's Report: League Line Director's Report by Lou Zeller
- Why Self Air Monitoring... by Cary Rodgers
- Creating a Toolbox for Community Air Monitoring by Therese Vick
- by Cary Rodgers
- Staff Profile: BREDL Welcomes Michael James-Deramo
- Sabal Trail Pipeline (Spectra Energy) by Dr. Michael Noll

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.