"Safeguard America’s Resources: Land, Air, Water and Energy."
This multi-state campaign extends across the BREDL region. We understand that natural gas issues are interconnected: fracking, waste management, pipelines, landowner rights, exports, compressor stations, power plants, and air and water pollution. We must act for the safety and health of our communities, the preservation of this land the protection of the planet. Join us.
Judge Halts Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s Land-Grab Attempt Stay on Eminent Domain Requested by Impacted Landowners Granted
Raleigh- In a July 24th ruling, US District Judge Terrence Boyle extended a stay on
Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s (ACP) request to use “quick-take” proceedings in order to gain access
to properties along the route of the pipeline. “Quick take” allows the company to gain access to
land even though adjudication of compensation has not occurred.
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 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.
24-hour Vigil for Justice calls on Governor Northam and AG Herring to Protect People and Environment over Pipelines
Mar. 27, 2019: Richmond, VA—Today in a peaceful, spiritual event, allied groups led by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and Virginia Pipeline Resisters came together from across the Commonwealth to begin a 24-hour Vigil for Justice held outside the Governor’s Office. The action began with a Unity Rally with speakers who live along the routes of both the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines.
The group prayed, read poems, shared stories, and read statements from landowners. They also displayed photo posters depicting the devastation current construction of the MVP is causing in Southwest Virginia.
Documents Reveal North Carolina Governor Colluding with Atlantic Coast Pipeline
to Monitor Pipeline Opponents
Feb. 11, 2019: Documents obtained through the North Carolina Public Records Act by Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) show that the Cooper administration is collaborating with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) in their surveillance of opponents statewide and in communities impacted by the pipeline. The records came from the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Feb. 4, 2019: BREDL calls upon the NC Utilities Commission to reject the Integrated Resource Plan submitted by Dominion Energy North Carolina and require a cleaner, smarter plan. And we support similar calls directed towards Duke Energy’s plan.
BREDL sends letter to VA DEQ inquiring about delay in scheduling Public Hearing regarding MVP 401 Certification revocation
Jan. 16, 2019: The letter reads, "I would like an explanation why a date for the hearing to begin the process regarding revocation of the 401 water certification for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline has not been set.
It seems the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) is attempting to slow walk the direction given to you by the State Water Control Board (SWCB) at its December 13, 2018 meeting. This is an important meeting to prevent further degradation of the waters of the Commonwealth. As you are well aware, MVP has perpetrated over 300 violations by its poor construction methods and soil & erosion techniques through November 14, as described by your own staff. These violations resulted in a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General. Yet over a month after the direction given to VADEQ staff by the SWCB, this meeting has not been scheduled."
BREDL Lambasts Citizen Board for its Decision to Approve Air Permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Compressor Station
Jan. 8, 2019: Richmond, VA—The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) lambasted the citizen State Air Pollution Control Board (SAPCB) today for its approval of the air permit for the Buckingham compressor station for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Kathie Mosley, BREDL Vice President and chair of Union Hill’s Chapter, Concern for the New Generation, called the decision “a travesty.” Mosley shared, “Those of us who live in Union Hill have been ignored through the entire permitting process. We had hoped the Air Board would acknowledge the fact that we are an Environmental Justice community. This won’t stop us from fighting. We will consider challenging the decision in court.”
BREDL calls out Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
For attempts to Erase the Black Lives of Union Hill Residents
Jan. 3, 2019: Lovingston, VA—The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) today called out the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for its attempts to erase the lives and history of the Union Hill community while misleading the State Air Pollution Control Board (SAPCB) regarding the proposed compressor station site for Dominion Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
League Requests Virginia Attorney General Seek Injunctive Relief -
States MVP 401 Certification is invalid as work continues
Dec. 20, 2018: Today, an attorney for the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League sent a request to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring urging that he “move the court for injunctive relief” regarding work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
The request states, “MVP is clearing land and burying pipe even though it is not possible to grow grass this time of year. The company consistently acts in callous disregard of the law even in the face of a lawsuit for the violations. The construction must stop while the action for violating the law is litigated.”
Brice Law Firm sends letter on behalf of BREDL to Governor Roy Cooper in nearly year-long effort to receive public records
Dec. 14, 2018: A letter has been sent on behalf of BREDL by the Brice Law Firm to the office of Governor Roy Cooper in the nearly year-long effort to receive public records regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. BREDL’s request to Governor Cooper is requesting information regarding the Memorandum of Understanding between ACP and Governor Cooper.
League Takes Governor Northam to Task Over Compressor Station Vote Statewide Radio Ad Campaign Launched
Dec. 14, 2018: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League announced a statewide radio ad campaign targeting Governor Ralph Northam’s interference in the air permitting decision on the proposed natural gas compressor station slated for Buckingham County.
The 30-second spot is being aired on WRVA-AM News Radio, Virginia’s most powerful AM radio station. The ad asks the Governor to explain his sudden dismissal of two members of the State Air Pollution Control Board who questioned the site suitability of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in Buckingham’s Union Hill community. The roots of this site date back to the 1860’s when freedmen established this largely African-American farming community after the Civil War.
BREDL Comments before the Virginia State Water Control Board
Dec. 13, 2018: The Virginia State Water Control Board voted to hold a public hearing to consider revoking the 401 certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. At the SWCB meeting, over twenty citizens spoke in favor of revoking the 401 certification. The date for the public hearing has not been announced.
BREDL requests investigation of Governor Northam by Virginia Inspector General regarding Air Board firings and threats to Advisory Council on Environmental Justice
Nov. 30, 2018: Lovingston, VA—Today, on behalf of its members and chapters in Virginia, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) called upon Virginia Inspector General Michael Westfall to investigate the firing of two State Air Pollution Control Board members by Governor Ralph Northam. The request also cites threats by the state attorney general to disband the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice. The request centers on a proposed natural gas pipeline compressor station air permit.
BREDL sends memo to Tetra Tech and MVP regarding impacts to National Register of Historic Places-eligible Bent Mountain Orchard Rural Historic District
Nov. 26, 2018: BREDL sends memo to Tetra Tech and Mountain Valley Pipeline requesting: (a) maintenance of the culvert underneath Green Hollow Drive, a contributing resource inside the National Register of Historic Places-eligible Bent Mountain Orchard Rural Historic District, and (b) avoidance of use of Green Hollow Drive as a pipeline access road.
BREDL Comments on proposed ACP Compressor Station in Buckingham County, VA
Sept. 11, 2018: If permitted, the Buckingham Compressor Station would be a major source of air pollution. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has incorrectly determined that it would be a minor source. We recommend immediate steps be taken to correct this error. Further, unless and until the Virginia Supreme Court rules, and local governing bodies in Buckingham County to do a proper assessment of the disproportionate impacts on economically disadvantaged or minority communities in and around Union Hill, any air permit issued by Virginia DEQ would lack the necessary legal basis.
Sept. 10, 2018: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has submitted comments on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline-Southgate Project. Initial public scoping comments were due to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today.
BREDL and Sioux Tribal Historic Preservation Officers file in D.C. Court - Mountain Valley Pipeline threatens areas claimed by Sioux as having spiritual significance
Aug. 29, 2018: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) and its five co-plaintiffs, including the Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) of the Rosebud Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes of South Dakota, filed a reply on Monday, August 27 to the opposition of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to our emergency motion for stay submitted to the D.C. Circuit Court earlier in August. The emergency stay would halt construction on the MVP until the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106) have been met with regard to consultation with Indian tribes.
BREDL, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and others file a Petition in U.S. District Court of Appeals seeking an emergency stay on MVP certificate
Aug. 17, 2018: The Petitioners cite FERC's refusal to allow the request of the Tribal Preservation Officers for consultation under Section 101(d)(6)(B) of the National
Historic Preservation Act regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. The Preservation Petitioners hereby join the petitioners Appalachian
Mountain Voices et al., in these consolidated cases in seeking an emergency stay
to prevent irreparable injury to their members and interests pending this Court's
review of the petitions. An emergency stay is warranted as a result of the
Commission's actions of August 10, 2018 and August 15, 2018, modifying its
previously-issued "stop work order" to allow MVP to undertake "stabilization"
measures along certain areas along the pipeline route, and then allowing MVP to
resume and complete pipeline construction along a portion of the right of way.
These activities will irreparably harm historic and cultural resources, including a
potential site of traditional and religious significance to the Siouan people, which
will be adversely affected by these activities.
BREDL's Therese Vick sends letter to North Carolina State Firefighters' Association to express concerns and share information regarding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Aug. 13, 2018: I write to express concerns and share information regarding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline
(ACP). The ACP potentially impacts 8 Eastern North Carolina counties: Halifax, Northampton,
Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Cumberland, Sampson and Robeson. Many of our members, their
neighbors, friends and family live within the “blast zone” of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. These
counties are served by excellent fire departments, many of them volunteer. Having been involved
in a volunteer fire department as a wife for almost 40 years, and as the mother of the current
Chief of a volunteer department, I am well aware of the commitments to service and training that
rural firefighters make, and the challenges that the ACP may present to our rural departments.
The Muddy Stream Crooners sing a little ditty about Virginia Governor Northam's inaction regarding the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines.
Call Governor Ralph Northam at 804-786-2211. Ask him to Stop both the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
BREDL Sends Letters to NC and VA Governors expressing concern over Tactics by Pipelines' Private Security
In March, BREDL sent letters to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam expressing our concerns regarding the tactics being used by private security for both Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines.
During peaceful protests, far from the pipeline route and held far from property the proposed ACP or MVP might lay claim to, security operatives have taken photographs of the opposition without their permission. At public hearings private security firms have been observed photographing people who spoke in opposition to the pipelines. Private security was also observed taking pictures of the license plates of opposition members’ vehicles, not only at public meetings, but at meetings of grassroots groups held on private property. Finally, some opposition members have been followed as they made their way home. This kind of activity is clearly an attempt to intimidate.
Most recently, landowners attempting to document surveying and tree-cutting activities have
been filmed by and experienced aggressive behavior from members of out-of-state crews. Most
of these companies are not licensed in North Carolina.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
Please visit nopipeline.net 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.
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.
BREDL comments on Air Quality permit for proposed Northampton Compressor Station along proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Nov. 20, 2017: This new facility would move gas along the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. If permitted, the Northampton Compressor Station would be a major source of air pollution. The NC Department of Environmental Quality draft permit incorrectly allows the facility to be a minor source, a violation of the federal Clean Air Act.
The League comments to Virginia State Water Control Board regarding the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline
Oct. 22, 2017: On behalf of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) and our members and chapters in Virginia, I respectfully submit these comments regarding the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) responsibilities to the citizens of the commonwealth concerning water quality as it relates to erosion and sedimentation issues from the proposed
Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).
Wilson County, NC passes Resolution expressing its reservations regarding Atlantic Coast Pipeline creating Development Dead Zones
Oct. 17, 2017: Atlantic Coast Pipeline will create, according to the resolution, a “development dead zone” 1,300 feet wide by 12 miles long running through the heart of western Wilson County. And that would lower property values and “adversely affect” both residents and Wilson County as a whole.
League Blasts Pipeline Decisions
Impacted Communities Remain United against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines
Oct. 16, 2017: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) strongly condemns the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) October 13, 2017 decision to grant conditional approval for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. The agency granted the certification even though important environmental permits are still in question in three states.
Franklin County Citizens Hold People’s Hearing on Mountain Valley Pipeline
Aug. 17, 2017: Boones Mill, VA – On Thursday evening, members of Preserve Franklin, Preserve Floyd and Preserve Roanoke, grassroots chapters of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, held a People’s Hearing on the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Having been denied a hearing by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Franklin County residents and their neighbors in Bent Mountain, Floyd and Roanoke organized their own hearing in which to comment on the 401 Water Certification currently being reviewed by the State Water Control Board.
BREDL files Complaint with VA Attorney General regarding VA DEQ water permitting for pipeline crossings
Aug. 15, 2017: BREDL calls upon Virginia DEQ to require individual permits for each stream and water body crossed by a pipeline. Our review indicates that the site-specific permitting process is lawful, necessary and prudent. Failure to comply would result in degradation of the environment and adverse impacts on public health.
BREDL Recommends VA DEQ Postpone 401 Water Certification Process
Aug. 3, 2017: “The watersheds in the upland areas of the proposed pipeline routes affect the water quality of millions of Virginians; they cannot be ignored or neglected by a faulty DEQ permitting process.”
BREDL comments to Virginia State Water Control Board regarding MVP and ACP
July 19, 2017:
The further development of fracked gas pipelines and compressor stations in Virginia would be an environmental and public health disaster of epic proportions. Explosions, fires and accidents may steal the headlines, but the even greater catastrophe would be the silent progression of disease and death caused by the invisible contamination of the air, water and soil. We are calling on the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the State Water Control Board (SWCB) to do whatever they can to halt this man-made, preventable tragedy.
BREDL comments on NPDES permit for Elba Liquefaction Company in Chatham County, GA
July 20, 2017: The location of a liquefied natural gas plant in close proximity to a city of 145,000 people and an elementary school indicates appalling judgment on the part of both the company in locating at the site and the state in permitting the facility.
Comments by BREDL Chapter Preserve Roanoke to MVP's May 10th Cultural Resources Filing
July 12, 2017: In these comments, we criticize the flawed methodology employed by MVP’s historic preservation consultant, Tetra Tech, in its assessment of the MVP pipeline’s impacts to historic resources in Virginia, and demand that the assessment be done over in a correct and appropriate manner.
The League Sends Request to NC Governor to halt Permitting on ACP
April 10, 2017: Gov. Cooper, on behalf of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and our North Carolina chapters Nash Stop the Pipeline, Cumberland County Caring Voices, Wilson County No Pipeline, No Pipeline Johnston County, and Concerned Stewards of Halifax County, I request that you take immediate executive action halting all permitting by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state agencies until an investigation takes place into the continually changing circumstances surrounding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Stop The Pipeline–ROLL BACK POLLUTION
April 4 to 11
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and chapters will take to the highways and byways of North Carolina and Virginia for eight days in April on a barnstorming tour of communities threatened by natural gas pipelines. The Stop The Pipeline—Roll Back Pollution campaign will feature Lois Marie Gibbs, the national leader of the grassroots environmental movement since 1981. The roadshow will track the routes of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
Multistate Groups' Legal Move Calls for Do-Over on Pipeline Impact
On Monday, January 23, 2017 Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), BREDL chapters and other environmental groups filed a motion with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to rescind and/or supplement the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) the agency released on December 30, 2016. The need for this action became clear after Dominion and its partners (including Duke Energy) in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline added thousands of pages of additional information obviously prepared before the DEIS was issued, on January 10, 2017. The motion also requests that the FERC “hold the public comment period in abeyance” until the supplemental DEIS is issued.
Union Hill Residents Meet with EPA
To Continue Fight Against
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Compressor Station
Jan. 11, 2017: Buckingham County, VA—Members of Concern for the New Generation (CNG), a grassroots group from the Union Hill and Union Grove communities, will take a 6-hour drive to Philadelphia Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 to meet with representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region III . The group will request that the EPA step in to protect the people who live close to the proposed plant site.
All Pipeline Options Rejected by Mountain Organizations
Environmental Impact Statement Fatally Flawed
Dec. 22, 2016: Today, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), in comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, called upon the agency to select the no-build option for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. In its analysis of the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, BREDL found many flaws and a lack of thorough study and documentation, from erosion and sedimentation to electromagnetic effects when pipelines are near high voltage electric lines.
Report on Air and Noise Pollution Reveals Fatal Flaws in Permit
for Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station
Dec. 14, 2016: The report, subtitled “Unfair, Illegal and Unjust,” concludes that the Buckingham County Planning Commission failed with respect to its legal obligation to ensure that the facility does not have a disproportionate impact on Buckingham’s African American community.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station Buckingham County, VA High Levels of Air Pollution Would Be Emitted
Updated Aug. 2016: Dominion Transmission, Inc. wants to build a series of compressor stations to move gas through the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. If constructed, the Buckingham
Compressor Station would have four natural gas-powered turbines with a total of 40,715 horsepower operating 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
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.
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.
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).
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.”
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
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 and WACE file Legal Challenge against Proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline
Mar. 10, 2016: Today anti-pipeline groups announced a new legal challenge to the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and its chapter Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy have filed a request for rehearing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, challenging the recent Order of Approval issued by the federal agency. The challenge centers on three issues: economics, environmental justice and eminent domain.
League Files Mountain Valley Pipeline Intervention Finds 3 Fatal Flaws in Pipeline Permit
Nov. 24, 2015: Today Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) took legal action to challenge the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) by filing a motion to intervene and protest the process. After a careful review of MVPs resource reports regarding the proposed project, the League cited crucial information that challenges the MVP’s request for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity on three grounds.
BREDL moves to intervene regarding proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Nov. 6, 2015: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League expanded its legal challenge of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline based on new information from the United States Forest Service. BREDL soil scientist Jeff Walker stated: “This is obviously a violation of protocol and indicates, at the very least, improper oversight. The company needs to go back to the drawing board and begin the process again.” BREDL organizer Sharon Ponton, a resident of Nelson County, Virgina, stated: “If Dominions cuts corners and tries to weasel out of the protocols set by the US Forest Service, what are they doing to private property owners whose soil is at risk? We cannot trust them.”
League Demands that the FERC Extend Comment Period Hold Additional Public Hearings
June 18, 2015: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) made a specific demand to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its comments on Wednesday, June 16, the stated deadline for the FERC public comment period. The organization made it clear in their comments that the FERC needs to offer additional public hearings and a 90-day extension of the scoping comment deadline regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).
BREDL Comments to FERC regarding Mountain Valley Pipeline EIS
June 16, 2015: The pipeline projects outlined in this pre-filing docket represent a massive assault on the environment and the communities along the proposed routes. Moreover, the impacts of extraction, transport and combustion of the fossil fuel which natural gas is will add to the devastating impacts of fossil fuel extraction, transportation and utilization on the entire planet.
Pipeline? No! by Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy (WACE) - This video is just one of many tools WACE has created over the past couple of months (billboard on I-75, yard signs, flyers, panel discussions, tables at events, radio shows, etc.) to help residents of Alabama, Georgia and Florida in their fight against an insane pipeline project that in the end can only benefit the very few exporting natural gas to Europe and Asia ... because we are witnessing a solar energy revolution unfold in the Southeast that will make natural gas even less attractive than it already is, and not just because of its connection to fracking. http://www.wiregrass-ace.org/
BREDL comments to FERC on Mountain Valley Pipeline
May 7, 2015: The Mountain Valley Pipeline would be a massive assault on the environment and the communities along the proposed routes. Our members live along those routes. The impacts of extraction, transport and combustion of the fossil fuel which is natural gas would have devastating impacts on local communities, on Virginia, on the nation and, indeed, on the entire planet. Therefore, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is calling for community veto of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
No Pipeline! Press Conference in Fayetteville, NC with C3V - Cumberland County citizens take ACTION to preserve the rights of property owners and to oppose the “Fracking” Atlantic Coast Pipeline. - April 28, 2015
BREDL comments to FERC on Atlantic Coast Pipeline
April 28, 2015: Recent census data compiled by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League indicate that there would be disproportionate impacts on minority communities and families living at or below the poverty level in the areas in Virginia and North Carolina targeted for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, resulting in an environmental injustice spanning two states.
April 26, 2015: By Louis A. Zeller, executive director of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
Local veto over natural gas pipelines? Yes!
Veto power is essential to democratic rule. Indeed, the ancient Romans conceived the veto to protect citizens of the republic from the aristocrats in the Senate. In fact, the word veto is Latin for “I forbid.” At the founding of the United States, Alexander Hamilton argued for the veto as a “check upon the legislative body” to guard against the special interests of his day.
What the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League means by “community veto” over pipelines is the lawful conduct of public bodies to safeguard the health and welfare of the inhabitants within its boundaries. All Virginia counties are so empowered.
Landowner’s Rights Violated by Mountain Valley Pipeline Survey Crews
April 9, 2015: Recently, survey crews have been seen in Franklin County on property they did not have permission to enter. Carolyn Reilly, whose land was wrongly surveyed, said, "This is a violation. We mailed a certified letter to the Mountain Valley Pipeline Project Manager denying permission to survey our family’s land." Reilly said there were strips of blue survey tape tied to trees and shrubs near Teels Creek, which runs through her property.
Mar. 9, 2015: The Atlantic Coast Pipeline represents a massive assault on the environment and the communities along the proposed routes. Moreover, the impacts of extraction, transport and combustion of the fossil fuel natural gas would have worldwide impact. Once the impacts are weighed, we believe the no action alternative—that is, the denial of the certificate of convenience and public necessity—will be the agency’s only recourse.
Southern Community Groups Call for the Right to Say No to Natural Gas Facilities
Campaign to Safeguard America’s Resources
Feb. 12, 2015: Today community groups in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia called for the establishment of local veto power over natural gas extraction, transport and use. At rallies, marches and other public events extending from Floyd, Virginia, across North Carolina to Valdosta, Georgia, people joined in a chorus of protests against pipelines, compressor stations, power plants, hydrofracking wells and waste dumps and for the restoration of property rights and local control over energy policy in the Southeast.
On February 12 Community Groups in Three Southern States to Launch Campaign to
Halt Natural Gas Contamination: Safeguard America's Resources
On Thursday, February 12, 2015, community groups in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia will hold a day of press conferences, marches and rallies to call for a halt to natural gas facilities in all three states. This day of action will focus public pressure on local government officials. February 12 will provide a patriotic backdrop to the unified call to defend communities from pipelines, compressor stations, power plants, hydrofracking wells and waste dumps and the pollution they bring.
The League files motion to intervene in Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline
On December 24, 2014 the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League filed a motion to intervene in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s proceeding for the proposed Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. The project would cut a 460 mile swath across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida and install five huge gas-burning, internal combustion compressor stations totaling over 200,000 horsepower. Explaining the League’s opposition to the project, Executive Director, Lou Zeller, said, “Natural gas compressors emit huge amounts of air pollution including ozone-forming nitrogen oxides, toxic formaldehyde and global warming greenhouse gas. The Sabal Trail project would not serve the residents of Alabama, Georgia and Florida nor would it benefit the economy of the Southeast.” The League has members and active chapters in Alabama and Georgia and a chapter situated right on the pipeline route through Valdosta, Georgia: Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy.