The Future of Energy

The Future of Energy is a 64-minute dvd that will be shown, free of charge, at these times and locations:

  • Nov. 10, 2016, noon, Nelson Library
  • Nov. 10, 2106, 7pm,  RVCC/Rock U.
  • Nov. 17, 2016, noon, RVCC/Rock U.

The film journeys across America to shine a light on the communities and individuals who are at the forefront of the clean energy revolution, taking practical steps to transition from fossil fuels to renewable power.  Solar, wind and water could power the planet by the year 2050, according to experts in the film, substantially reducing carbon emissions. What’s needed is the social and political willpower to make changes on a large scale.

Celebrate the Constitution

Come out and celebrate the Constitution! Join us for the afternoon on November 6, 2016, at RVCC to learn more about how eminent domain could be our solution to stopping the proposed ACP (and MVP). Together we can collectively activate our private property rights to benefit our community at large.

Meet experts on Constitutional law, hear them speak, and enjoy an afternoon of music, food, and fun.

Rain or shine under the big revival tent (so dress for the weather).


Two Ongoing Exhibits: Masks, Troubled Waters

Where: Rockfish Valley Community Center Auditorium
When: On display through October 31, 2016

The exhibit displays masks created to represent local animals in the “Hands Across Our Land” event of August 18, 2016, protesting the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. If built, this pipeline would destroy many acres of habitat, negatively impacting animals as well as humans. The mask-makers believe we should speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The masks are to remind us of our non-human neighbors. They were used again on September 13, 2016, at the Lovingston Courthouse, in an event that was part of a national action demonstrating solidarity with those resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. We sympathize with and support the efforts of the Standing Rock Sioux to protect their water, land, and cultural and historical sites.

troubled-waterTroubled Water: Voices from Bath
Where: IX Art Park, 963 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
When: Photo Exhibit October 18-30, 2016, plus Video Premier Event Friday, October 28, 7:00-9:00 pm

Troubled Water: Voices from Bath uses fine photography, audio interviews and film to explore the personal and environmental issues of Dominion’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Bath County, VA. Seeking to illuminate how the proposed Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline affects those living closest to it, professional photographer Lee Brauer, a recent Bath County resident, partnered with Barbara Adams, a member of Interfaith Climate Justice in Richmond, VA, and Julian McBain and Sam Wright, student environmental activists at Virginia Commonwealth University, to create Troubled Water: Voices from Bath.

McAuliffe’s Authority, McAuliffe’s Responsibility

Governor McAuliffe frequently and inaccurately claims that the two major multi-billion dollar fracked-gas pipeline projects proposed to bisect Virginia, the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, are exclusively a “federal issue.” However, the federal law that covers pipeline approvals, the Natural Gas Act, specifically preserves state power to approve or deny permits under specific environmental laws, particularly the Clean Water Act.

Chesapeake Climate Action Network has issued a fact sheet outlining the Governor’s clear authority under these two Acts – and his responsibility – to intervene to protect the drinking water and waterways on which Virginians depend. The fact sheet discusses

  • threats of the proposed pipelines to clean water
  • Virginia’s clear authority to act under the Clean Water Act
  • why an Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 12 is inadequate and inappropriate for the MVP and ACP
  • case study: NY’s Governor Cuomo’s pipeline rejection using state-base authority

The McAuliffe administration has clear authority under the Clean Water Act to either approve or deny a 401 Water Quality Certificate for the ACP and MVP. McAuliffe must ensure that Virginia state regulators excercise their authority – just as New York Governor Cuomo did – to protect Virginia drinking water and waterways now and in the future. As Governor, McAuliffe must also ensure that Virginia’s Dept. of Environmental Quality undertakes a thorough review of pipeline permits. A full and independent review is likely to find that the projects don’t meet Clean Water Act standards.

The Governor has the authority. He should stop dodging the issue and accept the responsibility given him by federal law.

Read the full fact sheet here.

Buckingham Compressor Station – Public Hearing Part 2

There will be a public hearing for proposed Buckingham Compressor Station of the ACP before the Buckingham County Planning Commission on Monday October 17, 2016, at 6 pm. This is a continuation of the meeting held on September 26, 2016, where time ran out before everyone could speak.  The meeting will be at the Buckingham County Administration Building, Rt 60, 13380 West James Anderson Hwy Buckingham, VA 23921.

  • 5 pm Interfaith Circle of Prayer and Song, led by PAUSE (Positive Action Uniting Stewards of the Earth)
  • 6 pm Planning Commission Public Hearing [continuance] begins

A message from Friends of Buckingham:  The public hearing for a special use permit for the proposed compressor station is now front and center. The ACP hinges on this compressor station. Without it, Dominion’s unspoken plans to export this gas [private gain for public pain] will fail. A HUGE thank you goes out to all who came to the hearing on Monday September 26. We are thrilled at the turnout!  Your continued supporting presence bolsters everyone’s spirits. Please come again to show your encouragement for the people who will be making comments. Those that were not able to sign up at the last meeting due to the long line, please show up to sign up! Thank you!! United we stand!

Pipelines Are Not Needed

Greg Buppert, senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, has an excellent op-ed piece in the October 9, 2016, Roanoke Times. He cites a 2015 Department of Energy study as well as the more recent Synapse Report (Are the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipelines Necessary?), both documenting the lack of need for new pipelines – despite the continued claims by proponents that the ACP and MVP are needed to keep the lights on and homes heated.

Instead of believing what pipeline developers keep saying, regulators should be looking carefully at the vested interest those developers have in building additional, unneeded pipelines: the projects deliver substantial returns to the companies (especially since construction costs are passed on to utility customers), and with expensive pipelines that last ~80 years, for-profit companies like Dominion have a huge incentive to delay and even thwart any moves away from fossil fuel gas to renewable energies.

The ACP and MVP pipeline developers repeatedly misrepresent need to justify their proposed intrusion into National Forest, conservation easements, and private property, and to invoke state-sanctioned violation of private property rights. Dominion would have us believe that the need for the pipeline overrides all other concerns. For example, in an October 8, 2016, Richmond Times article, Widow seeks to ‘protect my heritage’ against proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dominion spokesman Aaron Ruby said, “Providing electricity and home heating to millions of people is no easy task. It requires a lot of infrastructure, and there’s just no way to build that infrastructure without having some impact on the environment and people. That’s just a reality of modern life.”

The reality is that Dominion wants expand infrastructure to increase their profits – it is not a reality that new pipelines are needed!