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Highlanders for Responsible Development

The September 18, 2017, Newsletter of Highlanders for Responsible Development (HRD) announces their annual public meeting on Sunday October 1 at 2 p.m. at The Highland Center in Monterey. The meeting will feature a review of HRD’s activities in 2017, including an in-depth discussion of the status and outlook for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Participating in the ACP potion of the meeting will be Greg Buppert, Senior Attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charlottesville, VA. The meeting will also include a discussion of new issues and activities in which HRD should become involved. A reception will follow the meeting. All citizens from Highland County and the surrounding area (Bath, Augusta, Pocahontas and Pendleton Counties) interested in HRD’s work are cordially invited to attend.

The newsletter also lists the status of the decisions about the proposed ACP that must be made by the key federal and state regulatory agencies with responsibilities relative to the project.

Virginia Outdoors Foundation Will Consider Conversions

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has scheduled a special meeting of its Board of Directors for October 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, 1300 East Main, Richmond. The meeting is for VOF to “complete its review of conversion applications related to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline.”

In 2016 the ACP developers told VOF that in order for their route to avoid Forest Service land, it would need to cross 10 easements in Highland, Bath, Augusta and Nelson counties. And the MVP, although it does not want to route its proposed pipeline across the property itself, does want a permanent access road on a VOF conservation easement in Roanoke County. VOF has told both ACP and MVP that such incursions are incompatible with the conservation values of the easements. There is a process in state law known as “conversion” of open space, whereby acreage under easement is swapped for other acreage elsewhere which is then put under conservation easement. Both ACP and MVP submitted conversion proposals, and at its February 2017 meeting, after hearing presentations from the developers, VOF staff, and affected landowners, and receiving comments from hundreds of citizens. VOF’s board of trustees voted to defer a decision on applications presented by Dominion to convert open space on 10 easements that lie in the path of the proposed ACP.

The special meeting will be open to the public and VOF will accept written comments on the conversion applications through October 16, 2017. To submit written comments you may use the VOF online form, you may email comments to, or you may mail them to the VOF Warrenton office at 39 Garrett St., Suite 200, Warrenton, VA 20186.

The details of the meeting are still being finalized and are subject to change through October 13, 2017. Check the VOF meeting page for details, changes, and further information.

Movie Showing: Democracy for Sale

Announcement from Appalachian Voices:

A border and barbeque aren’t the only things Virginia and North Carolina have in common. The two states also share some of the most gerrymandered voting districts in the country, cozy relationships between regulators and industry, and politicians who care more about serving their donors than their constituents.

A new film called Democracy for Sale features North Carolina native and comedian Zach Galifianakis and focuses on how big-money political interests have led to a lack of environmental protection in the Tarheel state, along with tax cuts for the upper class and corporations, education cuts, gerrymandering, and laws designed to decrease voter turnout.

Join Appalachian Voices and the University of Virginia Climate Action Society on one of two dates for a free screening of Democracy for Sale to learn more about North Carolina politics and its parallels to Virginia—and what we can do to fight back.

  • Thursday, September 21st at 7:00 pm – Charlottesville
    Vinegar Hill Theatre
    220 West Market St.
    Charlottesville, VA 22902

  • Monday, September 25th at 7:00 pm – Charlottesville
    University of Virginia
    Newcomb Hall Theatre
    180 McCormick Rd.
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

Additional screenings are being scheduled. Check the Working Films website for updates on new locations

Virginia River Healers Raise Banner in Richmond

The Virginia Water Solidarity Banner was lifted over the James River on Friday evening, September 8, 2017, by over 40 water protectors. The banner was spread across the Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge in downtown Richmond, VA and graced the river with the words “Our water is greater than pipelines.” The banner drop was organized by Virginia Water Healers to support kayakers and paddlers who were part of Journey the James. They started up river from Richmond on September 4 at the point where Dominion Energy and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline propose to horizontally drill under the James River between Nelson and Buckingham counties. The Virginia River Healers assert that the construction process threatens the source of drinking water for Richmond and over 2.5 million people.

The Virginia Water Solidarity Banner is a 35′ long anti-pipeline banner that includes a 30′ two headed fish for the public to write down comments and sign their names. The banner travels the state, joining impacted communities at public hearings, standing with water protectors on the front lines, and being strung across threatened rivers. These actions of water solidarity are a call for all Virginians to rise and protect the many river basins the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines threaten.  Read more on the Virginia Water Healers Web page.

No Pipelines! Action Camp Welcome Email

A message from the No Pipeline! Action Camp organizers:

If you signed up for the No Pipelines! Action Camp taking place on September 15-17, 2017, but did not receive the Welcome/Introduction email, please check your spam folder or send an email to to receive this email of important information about attending the training camp this weekend. Thanks, #PipelineFighters!