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Pipeline CSI Mapping Training

Apparent equipment staging area and new or reconstructed road and bridges observed during Pipeline Air Force surveillance flights. (3/11/18)

Friday, June 29, 2018, drop in, 10 AM – 4 PM, Rockfish Valley Community Center

Trying to stop the ACP but don’t have a map?

Ben Cunningham of Friends of Nelson and the Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI) is teaching folks how to use the CSI Online Mapping System from 10am to 4pm Friday the 29th, with a group session at 2pm being broadcast for those who can’t make it. Stop by the Rockfish Lounge next to Trager Bros Coffee in the Rockfish Valley Community Center anytime Friday between 10 and 4 to learn your way around the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Whether you are a trod-upon landowner, a CSI volunteer stream monitor, a fired-up pipeline fighter, or a concerned citizen, this day of training is for you!

This Online Mapping System Walkthrough is meant to help you and your network feel confident and competent when navigating the CSI’s high-tech geographic information system (GIS), which exists to empower every-day people to protect themselves with good intelligence.

No sign-up necessary! Just show up anytime between 10 and 4 with whatever questions you might have about the CSI program and Ben will do his best to answer them and show you the ropes of the Online Mapping System. All are welcome, coffee and snacks provided!

Additional information on our Events page or on Facebook.

Circle of Protection, June 24

On June 24, 2018, Circle of Protection will feature opening prayers in the Buddhist tradition, musicians Rob Mezzanotte and Brian J Wahl of the Bobby Midnight Band.

Details on our Events page or on their Facebook page.

In the video above, from Circle of Protection on June 17, 2018, Pastor Paul Wilson, of Union Hill Grove Baptist Church in Buckingham County, VA, tells his personal story of how the threat of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the proposed Union Hill Compressor Station have changed his life.

Public Hearing: Water from Lake Monocan for ACP

On Thursday June 21, 2018, at 2pm Nelson County Service Authority will hold a public hearing on the proposed water rates in the proposed contract between the Service Authority and Dominion. The contract would allow the Service Authority to sell 40,000 gallons per day of Wintergreen’s Lake Monocan water to Dominion to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, specifically for the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) under the Blue Ridge Parkway at Reeds Gap. That’s 29 million gallons of water Dominion wants to buy over the next 2 years to build ACP and use for drilling fluid.

According to the May 23, 2018, article in the Nelson County Times reporting on the Service Authority’s meeting on May 17, which yielded no final decisions on a contract to provide water to the ACP for construction, the board could vote on the contract following the public hearing. A public hearing is required to set the special rates for ACP. The ACP engineer attending the May 17 meeting said the water would be used for HDD, but could be used for other aspects of construction, and the water used as part of the HDD drilling fluid will be “hauled off.” [How? where? what will be done to purify it?]

Below is a map showing Lake Monocan, the proposed source of water for Dominion’s pipeline drilling fluid, and the surrounding area.

Calls for State Water Control Board to Meet

Citizen observers for the Mountain Valley Watch program have documented and reported as many as 20 erosion control violations to the Department of Environmental Quality since mid-April 2018. Yet DEQ has not issued any violation notices or warnings to the contractor or MVP LLC. The number and severity of problems should require an immediate investigation into the reported violations, yet DEQ officials denied the existence of violations and problems during a recent court hearing in Roanoke. Virginia residents are justifiably concerned that DEQ is not fulfilling its responsibility to correct and enforce serious violations of state laws.

A growing number of both individuals and groups are urging the State Water Control Board to immediately hold a meeting to determine the adequacy of the Army Corps’ Nationwide Permit 12 to protect the Blue Ridge region’s rivers, streams, and drinking water. The Board is not currently scheduled to meet until August 21 to consider the adequacy of the federal permit, but in light of the ongoing problems and the daily, direct harm to state waters from pipeline construction activities, a decision on the permit cannot wait until late August.

There will be a rally with speakers to call for a prompt SWCB meeting on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm, Wasena Park, Roanoke, VA (near Vic Thomas Greenway bridge by the Roanoke River).

Speakers include:

  • Delegate Sam Rasoul
  • Russell Chisholm, Preserve Giles
  • Cynthia Munley Preserve Salem
  • Dr. Tina Smusz, MD, MPH, health educator
  • Mary Beth Coffey, landowner
  • Jason Shelton, Mountain Valley Watch

Circle of Protection

Interfaith Prayer Vigil to protect Buckingham’s air, water, and right to own land from the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Union Hill Compressor Station. Expect neighbors, prayer, story, poetry and song. Expect fun.

  • Sunday June 17, 1-2 pm.  Features violinist Justin Esposito and bassist Brian J Wahl of Trees On Fire, and story and opening prayer by Pastor Paul Wilson.
  • Sunday June 24, 1-2 pm.
  • Sunday, July 22, 1-3 pm with indoor potluck and speaker to follow vigil.
  • Sunday, August 26, 1-3 pm with indoor potluck and speaker to follow vigil.

Union Hill Baptist Churchyard (inside if rain), 1496 Union Hill Road, Buckingham, VA 23921.  A collaboration of Friends of Buckingham, Union Hill/Grove Baptist Church, Yogaville, VSEC, & Water is life. Protect it.  Updates here: