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Groups File Civil Rights Complaint against NC DEQ regarding Atlantic Coast Pipeline

May 15, 2018: BREDL and our chapters Concerned Stewards of Halifax County, Nash Stop the Pipeline, Wilson County No Pipeline, No Pipeline Johnston County and Cumberland County Caring Voices along with the groups NC WARN, Clean Water for NC, EcoRobeson, Concerned Citizens of Tillery, Concerned Citizens of Northampton County, Friends of the Earth and NC Environmental Justice Network have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. EPA against the NC DEQ.

The Environmental Justice Groups allege NC DEQ discriminated on the basis of race and color in issuing permits and certifications to the ACP as part of the permitting process. The failure to assess the environmental justice impacts of the proposed ACP on communities of color along the route led to the improper actions taken by NC DEQ.

Valerie Williams, a member of Concerned Stewards of Halifax County and an African American landowner in Halifax County, said: “The land is our family tree and it speaks of legacies, heritage, and memories. No one would take that away from us.” She resolves, “No pipelines on our valuable historic farms. No Intruders on our land.”

Contact: Therese Vick 919-345-3673

View Civil Rights Complaint

No Pipelines Banner Drop
Virginia Tech Commencement
May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018: Governor Northam was this year's Virginia Tech Commencement speaker. So, a few no pipeline banners, signs and flyers were displayed throughout campus.

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No Pipelines Banner Drop
May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018: BREDL, Chapters and Friends displayed various no pipelines banners and signs throughout Virginia, North Carolina and region.

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Protests continue over construction of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast underground natural gas pipelines.

Protests continue over construction of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast underground natural gas pipelines. And opponents hope governor takes action to halt the projects.

Related articles:
Public News Service: Northam Moves to Protect VA Water as Pipeline Protests Continue
Blue Virginia: Communities Across The State Stand In Solidarity with Landowners and Pipeline Resisters

Contact Governor Cooper today and tell him to

Honorable Roy A. Cooper, North Carolina Office of the Governor
Postal address: 20301 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Phone/voice mail: (919) 814-2000
Website message:

Please visit to view inspirational videos featuring landowners affected by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Contact Governor Cooper today and tell him to STOP THIS PIPELINE!

Roanoke Times article highlights MVP contractor's citations for environmental issues

Feb. 18, 2018: On today's front page of The Roanoke Times, the paper reports on the Mountain Valley Pipeline contractor's citations for environmental issues on three previous projects. These pipeline projects are the Stonewall Gathering, Rover and Mariner EAst 2.

Roanoke Times article | BREDL Stonewall Photo Gallery

Larry Armes of WVHL (Farmville, VA) interviews BREDL's Lou Zeller regarding the Buckingham Circuit Court's decision to dismiss the case by Judge William Alexander

Jan 30, 2018: Lou Zeller, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, calls in to talk about the Buckingham Circuit Court's decision to dismiss the case by Judge William Alexander. At issue is the pollution, noise and unfair selection of the site for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Compressor Station.

Listen to Lou's interview: WVHL interview via SoundCloud

BREDL airs radio ad prior to January 29
Buckingham County Court date

Jan 22, 2018: BREDL is airing an ad on local radio stations in Buckingham County, VA. The ad precedes the upcoming January 29 court date regarding the proposed natural gas compressor station.

Listen to the Ad: Compressor Station Spot

Attorney representing BREDL sends correspondence to Federal Court Appointed Monitor for Duke Energy’s Probation regarding Coal Cash convictions

Jan. 8, 2018: Attorney John Runkle has sent correspondence to Benjamin Wilson the Federal Court Appointed Monitor for Duke Energy’s probation relating to the nine criminal convictions for its decades of mishandling of coal ash and violations of the Clean Water Act. This comes after a WBTV - Charlotte investigation showing Duke Energy fully participated in the National Ash Management Advisory Board (NAMAB) process.

Mr. Runkle states, "as the Court Appointed Monitor you have the responsibility to insure compliance by Duke Energy with its probation term, and the authority to obtain relevant documents and testimony from Duke Energy and the NAMAB. We urge you to fully investigate this interference as it brings into question all of the recommendations made by the NAMAB and Duke Energy to State regulators, the NC General Assembly, and the Department of Justice, as well as any 'good faith' compliance with the plea agreements."

View Attorney Runkle's Letter

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