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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

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

Sioux Tribal historic preservationists conduct survey of Mountain Valley Pipeline

May 29, 2018: ROCKY MOUNT, VA—A team consisting of seven Sioux tribal historic preservationists surveyed the Mountain Valley Pipeline project area in Franklin and Roanoke Counties, VA last week, and the data generated by their survey may be used in a legal challenge to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s process of working with Native American tribes as required under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The seven team members drove from their homes in the Rosebud Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux, and Pine Ridge Sioux reservations in South Dakota to Wirtz, Virginia, where they were hosted by members of Preserve Franklin, a chapter of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League. The team walked the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) corridor on properties in Rocky Mount, Boones Mill, Callaway, and Bent Mountain where landowners had given permission for the survey.

Contact: Ann Rogers 540-312-3104

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Press Releases: 1999 - 2017


BREDL files request with FERC to Stop MVP construction on Franklin County, VA farm so that National Historic Preservation Act consultations can be completed

June 20, 2018: Last year, Preservation Virginia stated, and the Virginia State Historic Preservation Office concurred with the need for extensive archaeological investigations beyond the confines of the diminutive archaeological sites identified by MVP/Tetra Tech on the Angle property, including the National Register eligible 44FR0372 on an adjoining property. The Rosebud Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Historic Preservation Officers visited the Angle property on March 5 this year. The entire floodplain along the Blackwater River in Franklin County, VA must be investigated for archaeological significance, not just a few tiny MVP-defined sites. Also, the Sioux Tribes must be allowed an opportunity to articulate the religious and cultural significance of the Angle farm and other MVP-affected properties.

View the BREDL letter to FERC

BREDL comments on MVP variance request to extend its construction operating hours

June 11, 2018: BREDL urges the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny MVP variance request MVP-003 to extend its operating hours of construction.

BREDL Comments

The League comments on the Clinch River Nuclear Early Site Permit DEIS

June 5, 2018: Tennessee Valley Authority failed to justify need for a so-called small modular nuclear plant at Clinch River. Without a thoroughgoing assessment of need, the no-action alternative analysis is reduced to pablum. Failure to correct this omission and subsequent approval of the permit by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would present a needless—even thoughtless—risk to the public.

BREDL Comments

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

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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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