Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

Clements Mill (Piedmont Mill) circa 1870
-Historic mill threatened by I-73 in the German Baptist District of Franklin County, VA.

BREDL Transportation and Land Use Campaign

The Transportation and Land Use campaign will concentrate on protecting existing communities and the surrounding natural environment on which their health and well-being depends from the threat of massive highway projects. This campaign will push for local control of highway projects for local needs, with support for improvements and upgrade to existing roads in lieu of building new roads. Topping the list are I-73, featured in Road to Ruin as one of the nation's top 50 worst highway projects in 2004.

League Testifies Against Re-Zoning for Bioremediation of
Toxic Waste in Stokes County

Jan. 23, 2014: At the Stokes County Planning Board meeting in Danbury on Thursday night, The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) submitted testimonies opposing the re-zoning of 77 acres for industrial bioremediation, the depositing of petroleum- contaminated soil onto farm land.

BREDL Press Release | Testimony of Louis A. Zeller

Presentation on Split Estates

Feb. 13, 2013: Therese Vick's powerpoint presentation, which was presented in Lee County, about split estates. Over time, Split Estate has come to be defined as a situation in which a property owner is not the same party who owns the rights to extract minerals from underneath the property.

Download Presentation: Powerpoint | PDF

Who owns the Mineral Rights on your land?

BREDL Fact sheet: How to discover who owns the mineral rights underneath your property

Dumping Contaminated Soil in a Field is not Farming

July 2012: BREDL fact sheet on bioremediation (landfarming)

VAR files legal action against FHWA and VDOT

Oct. 15, 2007: Virginians for Appropriate Roads (VAR) has filed legal action against Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) seeking an injunction prohibiting FHWA from providing financial assistance for I-73 and prohibiting Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and its contractors from commencing construction of the project.
Read VAR Press Release.

Road to Ruin Report lists I-73 as one of the most wasteful in the nation

June 2, 2004: Read Press Release and link to Report - Interstate 73 is one of the most wasteful highway projects in the nation, according to a new report released today by Virginians for Appropriate Roads (VAR), Citizens Concerned about I-73, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS), and Friends of the Earth (FoE). The report, Road to Ruin, identifies the 27 most wasteful highway projects in the country.