Buckingham Property Purchased for Compressor Station


The Farmville Herald reports that, “Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC has purchased about 68.5 acres in Buckingham County to build a 41,000-horsepower gas-fired compressor station for the proposed interstate natural gas transmission pipeline. The tract is just northwest of the Union Hill community along Route 56, just southeast of Shelton Store Road. ‘The ACP would cross and connect to an existing Transco interstate natural gas pipeline on the parcel of land,’ said Dominion spokesman Jim Norvelle. ACP purchased the land on Aug. 20 from Variety Shade Landowners of Virginia Inc. for $2.5 million, according to Norvelle.”  Read the full article here.

Judge Rules Mountain Valley Pipeline May Use Controversial Surveying Law

On August 24, 2015, the Roanoke Times reported that “Foes of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project suffered a setback Monday when a circuit court judge found that a controversial state law that allows natural gas companies to survey private property without an owner’s permission is not unconstitutional…. Turk said that Virginia statute 56-49.01 allows a natural gas company to enter private property for surveying even if its owner has denied permission as long as the company has followed the statute’s notification requirements. The judge said temporary access for surveying does not represent an unconstitutional ‘taking’ of property without compensation. ‘There’s no transfer of ownership of the property,’ Turk said. The law in question ‘takes away the criminal aspect of trespass, something the Virginia legislature has the right to do.’ he said.”  Read the full article here.

Students Write Open Letter to McAuliffe

The Virginia Student Environmental Coalition, representing students from over 12 universities in Virginia, have written an Open Letter to Governor McAuliffe, pointing out that his continuing support of the ACP ignores the environmental and economic evidence against the pipeline and the projections of its long-term negative effects. The letter outlines succinctly the many studies that contradict what the Governor (and Dominion) keep saying. They note McAuliffe’s refusal to meet with them last winter (“VSEC attempted to meet with the governor for two months. To date, we have not received recognition or a reply.”)

The students, whose generation will have to deal with the future problems left by the pipeline, close by saying, “You cannot pretend to represent your constituents when you will not meet with landowners whose property rights are violated by a massive pipeline. You cannot pretend you represent the students who campaigned for you while ignoring the threats your actions pose to our collective future. Meet with us, your constituents. Meet with the landowners who have attempted to speak with you since the pipeline’s announcement. Governor, as our President said ‘We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it.’ We need you to do more.”

New FAQ Sheets

Friends of Nelson has two new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheets.  The first is a general one about the ACP and pipelines (why oppose them, promises about jobs and revenue, gas prices, safety, etc.).  The other answers questions landowners may have (property values, easements, eminent domain, restrictions on a landowner’s use of property, etc.), and may help landowners understand the law and their private property rights (or lack thereof). Please note that Friends of Nelson is not providing legal advice, but hopes to provide information landowners may find helpful in making their own decisions about how to proceed.

Hands Across Our Land: Join Us on August 18

group-tshirts-10june2015Join us on August 18, 2015, as we take a stand to protect our land and communities from the unnecessary and unwanted onslaught of new natural gas infrastructure. The idea, started here in Nelson County, has spread widely. Although we are separate grassroots groups, we will be standing with each other across the country, opposing the build-out of new fossil fuel infrastructure.

The Hands Across Our Land activities in Augusta, Nelson, and Buckingham are timed so that participants can move from west to east and be at each action:

Hands Across Our Land – Augusta
Tuesday, August 18
3:00 p.m. Braley Pond, photos on field north of Braley Pond
For directions to Braley Pond, click here.  The group will meet at Braley Pond and photos will be at the field north of Braley Pond, which belongs to landowners on the route who oppose the pipeline.  Note change from the originally scheduled photo venue, which was at 3:30 at the GW National Forest sign on 250.  Contact Deirdre Skogen (deirdre.skogen@gmail.com) or Ernie Reed (lec@wildvirginia.org) for more information.
Coordinator:  Misty Boos

Hands Across Our Land – Nelson/Augusta
Tuesday, August 18 at 5:15 p.m.
Where:  Rock bridge which connects the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive at Rt. 250 on Afton Mountain. We will meet at the top of Afton Mountain at 5:15 p.m., with photos at 5:30 p.m. on the rock bridge that joins the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive. This bridge has great history and certainly holds a special place in the hearts of Augusta/Nelson residents. It sits on the county line and has lots of available parking with an easy walk to the bridge.  Nelson/Augusta coordinators are Marilyn Shifflett (Free Nelson) and Jennifer Lewis (Friends of Augusta).  Contact freenelson3@gmail.com

Hands Across Our Land – Nelson/Buckingham
Tuesday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Where:  James River Bridge, Rt. 56, Wingina. It will be held at the bridge across the James River on Route 56 at 6:30 p.m., with photos at 6:45 p.m. Nelson’s Matt Dwyer and Buckingham’s Chad Oba are coordinating the event.  Contact freenelson3@gmail.com    Also in Buckingham:  an interfaith prayer for the environment at All Faith Hall at Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS), Yogaville,  at 11:45 am, followed by a silent meditation (contact yes@yogaville.org), and 5 p.m. photo op at Union Hill Baptist Church, Rt. 663, Hands Around Our Church, circling the church in symbolic protection from the compressor station.


Charlottesville:  Hands Across Our Lands event at 4:30 pm at the Free Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall.  Contact Kirk Bowers, engineer1950@yahoo.com

Richmond12 noon, 8th and E. Cary St., downtown Richmond.  Wear blue!  Opportunity for Richmond to stand with the Counties and tell the Governor: “No New Pipelines”!! Marking ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE!  We will take a series of photos at 2 locations – The first will be at Dominion Headquarters @ 8th and Cary. Then we will walk about 7 blocks up to the Broad Street entrance of the Patrick Henry Building, where the Governor’s office is located. We’ll tell the Governor: Stand with Virginians, not Dominion! Call if off!   Note about accessibility: this is about .4 mile walk, and some of it is up hill.  See further Richmond information on their Facebook page or contact Whitney Whiting, Whiting.whitney@gmail.com

Chesapeake:  Chesapeake Bay Group of the Sierra Club will be holding their event at the corner of South Military Highway and Shell Rd. Chesapeake, Va. 23323 at 6 pm. This is close to the Chesapeake Energy Center, that would be fed by the pipeline and the end terminal of the ACP. Contact:  Jeff Staples, jbstaples@hotmail.com

Franklin County:  11 am – 18600 220, Rocky Mount, VA.  11:45 am – We move to 682 Summit Road to end of cul de sac on Grassy Hill Road near KFC.  12:45 pm -move to Franklin Government Center for protest before Board of Supervisors meeting.  Contact:  Mark Laity-Snyder, marklaitys@aol.com

Floyd County Joint event with Preserve Bent Mountain:  Meet at 11 am where the Blue Ridge Parkway joins 221. Bring your signs, bring your voices!
contact: Mara Robbins, Mara.robbins@gmail.com

Front Royal:  Meet at the Gazebo on Main Street at 4 pm for speakers, then March through town. Will go to Skyline Drive also.  Contact:  Maya White Sparks, spiralgr@shentel.net

Montgomery County:  5:30 pm on Mt. Tabor Road in Blacksburg, VA (2 miles from Main Street — there will be signs to direct you) — more info at https://www.facebook.com/events/858100757588310/ Contact:
Tina Badger, forestchilde@gmail.com

Roanoke:  Salem Park, 5:30 pm.  Contact Debra Carter


Greenbrier County:  Roncervete Park, 6:30 pm.  Bring your boats.  Leslee McCarty, lesleecr@yahoo.com

Monroe County WV: Carpool Meeting time 1:00 pm  WHERE: OAK HILL FARM, located on Blue Lick Road – a narrow, one-lane road. Please park at one of the two Carpool Locations.  CARPOOL LOCATION #1: The Lindside Methodist Church, located at the northern end of Lindside. Howdy Henritz will organize carpooling to the venue. (Directions to Lindside Church: coming from Peterstown on 219 N, church is on right side of road / coming from Union on 219 S, church is on left side of road. Look for a brick church with a large white auxiliary building and large parking lot).  CARPOOL LOCATION #2: The old Greenville School in Greenville, WV. Maury Johnson will organize carpooling to the venue.(Directions to the Old Greenville School: from Rte 12 in Forest Hill, turn left onto on Rte 122. Drive approx 8 miles and just before Liberty Gas Station in Greenville, turn right on Old Greenville School Road. Watch for large blue sign “Old Greenville School” located toward the end of the road, approx 2/10 mile).  Please bring your “No Pipeline” shirts, signs, and other demonstrative materials!  Jessica Abramson is the Monroe County, WV coordinator. Monroe County is fighting the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.  See Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1477840392538125/

West Union WV (North Central WV)6 pm, West Union City Park, joining hands along Middle Island Creek, a stream that has been heavily impacted by gas drilling.  Contact info:  Wayne Woods, Doddridge County Watershed Association, wcwoods0000@aol.com


Cove Point Beach, Lusby MD:  6:30 p.mWe Are Cove Point and Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community-CCHC are hosting Hands Across Our Land action at Cove Point Beach. If you’re interested in participating, you’ll need to write calvertchc@gmail.com to RSVP and get directions on where to park. Cove Point Beach is a private community, and a number of residents are hosting us for this event. So, RSVPing will be important to get you to the proper place. CCHC is fighting Dominion’s liquefaction plant at Cove Point in Lusby. MD.  See Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/824004051050239/

Meyersville MD:  Myersville citizens for a Rural Community will hold an action at 7 pm at the elementary school in Myersville.  Contact Ann Nau, nau_5@msn.com


Westchester County:  Two locations – Peekskill Riverfront Green, 6:15pm (look for people in the red SAPE t-shirts), and VFW Park, Hastongs-on-Hudson, 7-7:30 pm.  See Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1628925674056630/


Cumberland County:  2 pm Eastover Elementary School, 5174 Dunn Road, Eastover, NC.  Contact Randy or Loreta Vines, caringvoices@yahoo.com

Halifax County:  10:00 am, Halifax County Courthouse, 357 Ferrell Ln Halifax, NC 27839.  Contact Valerie Williams, valwilliams6@gmail.com or Cary Rodgers, rodgersoc01@yahoo.com

Johnson County:  4 pm, 1784 Oak Forest Rd., Four Oaks, NC, 27839.  Contact Francine Stephenson, francine.stephenson@gmail.com or Therese Vick, therese.vick@gmail.com

Lee and Chatham Counties12 noon, 44 Jones St., Moncure NC 27559. Contact Debbie Hall, debhall@windstream.net  or Therese Vick, therese.vick@gmail.com

Stokes County:  6:30 p.m.  Rising Star Baptist Church, 915 Windmill St, Walnut Cove, NC  Contact Kyle Dalton, kyledalton123@yahoo.com or Therese Vick, therese.vick@gmail.com


Youngstown, Ohio.  12:00-3:00 pm, B&O Station Banquet Hall, 530 Mahoning Ave, Youngstown.  Meet at Mr. Peanut Bridge at entrance to the B & O.  Contact:  Heidi Jo Kroeck, vantine54@aol.com


Medford OR:  5:30–6:30 pm:    Street Demonstration on the Corner of Highway 99 and Barnett, Medford, in front of the Burger King 1055 Riverside Dr.  Contact  Sarah Westover, sarah@rogueriverkeeper.org


Point Marion PAWest Virginia-Pennsylvania joint action: Meeting on the Monongahela River Bridge in Point Marion, PA at 12:30 PM (during the noon hour) and again at 6:30 PM. Private citizens and members of other organizations from northern West Virginia will join those from Greene, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland Counties in Pennsylvania. We will form a chain across the Bridge, thus joining Hands Across Our Land. Contact:  Duane Nichols, duane330@aol.com, Hands Across Our Land coordinator for the Mon[ongahela] Valley Clean Air Coalition.

Pulaski Township, PA: 2:00-3:00 pm, 5439 River Rd (Old Pulaski Road), GPS 41.098679, -80.414564, New Wilmington, PA 16142.  Contact: Diana Ludwig, frackfreemahoning@gmail.com


Alpine, Texas: The group Defend Big Bend, joined HAOL on Friday August 14 in their regular Friday protest at Railroad Park, corner of 5th and Holland. Cheryl France’s, francesfolkart@hotmail.com


Judge Bars Pipeline Surveyors from W.Va. Couple’s Property

A West Virginia judge has ruled that the developer of a proposed natural gas pipeline can’t survey a West Virginia couple’s property without their permission. This judge seems clear that whether a methane transmission line is for public use or not depends on the facts of the proposal, contrary to Dominion’s opinion as argued in Charlottesville on Wednesday. “Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Robert Irons ruled Wednesday that Mountain Valley Pipeline failed to establish that the project would provide sufficient public use to justify entering private property without an owner’s permission.” Read the Washington Post article here.