Category Archives: Events

Hands Across the Appalachian Trail

Join us for Hands Across the Appalachian Trail – Blue Ridge Parkway, Saturday August 19, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Humpback Rocks Visitor Center, sponsored by the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter and Wild Virginia.

Join hands to protect our land, communities and the Appalachian Trail from the unnecessary and unwanted onslaught of natural gas pipelines. This event features the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s vision to “connect the human spirit with nature – preserving the delicate majesty of the Trail as a haven for all to enjoy.” Everyone should have the opportunity for that experience.

More information here.

DEQ Hearings Coming up

Please attend one, two or all of Department of Environmental Quality’s hearings and demand that the DEQ do a full public review of all erosion and sediment control plans for the ACP prior to any 401 Water Quality Certification. We want DEQ to put a hold on the process and reinitiate it only after the requested detailed information on Dominion’s exact and specific plans have been made public. Without those plans, the public cannot frame a fully informed response.

DEQ has posted on its website guidelines about what topics will be considered at the hearings and in written comments that are submitted. For those seeking guidance on major points to make in their testimony (3-minute limitation) or written submissions, we urge that comments be as personal as possible (e.g. how clean water is important to you and why the proposed pipeline would endanger that water). In addition, we commend to you the suggested talking points developed by ABRA members Wild Virginia and the Sierra Club – Virginia Chapter.

For Next Steps, Walking the Line folks ask that people join them to support those testifying. They will bring musicians and sing their pipeline resistance anthem “Sow Em on the Mountain”. They will bring their Sacred Places Map. And they plan to bring 500 “This is Not a Hearing” gags and 500 “This is a robbery” gags. Will they bring you?

ACP hearings begin at 6. Walking the Line program begins at 5:15 and can be joined until 6.

  • Monday, Aug. 7, 5:15 to 10 p.m. James Madison University, Festival Conference and Student Center, Grand Ballroom, 1301 Carrier Drive, Harrisonburg. Parking is in lots C11, C12, and D3.
  • Thursday, Aug. 10, 5:15 to 10 p.m. Longwood University, Jarman Auditorium, 201 High St., Farmville. Parking is in Wheeler Lot, Crafts Lot, High Street Lot, Randolph Lot or other university-owned lots.
  • Monday, Aug. 14, from 5:15 to 10 p.m. Southside Virginia Community College Center for Workforce Development, Christiana Campus, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta VA 23821.

Letter to Landowners on Nelson County ACP Route

Friends of Nelson has sent the following letter and invitation to Nelson County landowners on the ACP route:

Dear Landowner,

Do you have questions about eminent domain?

How the compensation amounts for landowners are determined?

What the legal process in eminent domain cases is?

What the timing of events is most likely to be?

What you can do to fight for your land?

What happens now?

If you have ever wondered about any of the above then please join Friends of Nelson, and lawyers from Appalachian Mountain Advocates for an informative Landowner Meeting on Thursday, August 3rd at 7pm, at the Rockfish Valley Community Center in Afton.

The guest speaker will be Chris Johns, a prominent Texas attorney who has not only handled many jury trials on pipeline cases but also teaches eminent domain and private-property rights at the University of Texas School of Law. He has created a primer on eminent domain and will be present to talk about the process of eminent domain and answer your questions on the subject.

Landowners who have property on the pipeline route or on an access roads are invited and encouraged to attend.

If you have any questions about this meeting please do not hesitate to contact Randy Whiting at 434-529-7247.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Friends of Nelson Public Meeting, July 23, 2017

Join us at Rockfish Valley Community Center on Sunday July 23, 2017, 6:30 pm, for the latest updates on our pipeline fight and to hear David Sligh discuss Virginia Water Quality Permitting, the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Public comment period and public hearings and the current situation with the proposed route across National Forest Lands.

Now, This Fight Is Now

Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia – The group finished the 150 mile walk along the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Highland, Bath, Augusta, and Nelson Counties, ending on Sunday July 2, 2017, at Union Hill Church in Buckingham County, next to the site of the proposed compressor station. The final video of the walk, Sow Em on the Mountain – Sing 3: Now, This Fight Is Now, was filmed there.

Friends of Nelson Public Meeting, July 23, 2017

Friends of Nelson Public Meeting, Sunday July 23, 2017, Rockfish Valley Community Center, 6:30 pm. We’ll have a Nelson County update on the ACP, then Dave Sligh, Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition and Wild Virginia’s Conservation Director, will update us on the Virginia Water Quality Permitting, the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) public comment period and public hearings, and the current situation with the proposed route across National Forest Lands.