Category Archives: Events

No Pipeline Tour


The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, with grassroots community groups on the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipelines, will hold a No Pipeline Tour, April 4-11, 2017. Each day’s event will be in a different location and will highlight efforts from a different grassroots community group fighting the pipelines.

Joining the tour will be experienced grassroots organizer Lois Marie Gibbs, who led her community of Love Canal, contaminated by toxic waste, in a battle against the local, state, and federal governments. (See her Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lois_Gibbs)

Local events include the No Pipeline Road Rally (Sunday April 9, 2017 (Nelson County Wayside near the intersection of Rts 29 and 6 in Woods Mill, beginning at 1:30).

UPDATED: With respect for the families of the children who died tragically last Thursday in Buckingham, and whose funeral is Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 1 pm, the Lunch and Gospel Sing In originally scheduled for Saturday 1-4 has been cancelled. There will now be a No Pipeline Strategy Session and Lunch on Monday April 10, 2017, 10:30 am – 1 pm at Union Grove Baptist Church.

For a full schedule of all events, see the BREDL event page.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Wild Virginia will be hosting the 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival on three nights in three locations. Films will be shown in Charlottesville (7 pm, Violet Crown Cinema – SOLD OUT) on April 5, 2017, in Harrisonburg (7 pm, Court Square Theater) on April 6, 2017, and in Staunton (7 pm, Visualite Cinema) in Staunton. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival introduces attendees to wild and special places and to the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve them. The film festival not only highlights environmental concerns, but also provides solutions, reaching people through beautiful imagery.

For details about the short films to be shown (different films in different locations) and information on purchasing tickets, see the Wild Virginia film festival Web page.

Blast Zone Sign Installation and Rally

Friends of Augusta will be sponsoring the installation of an “Entering the Blast Zone” sign along the proposed pipeline path on Saturday March 25, 2017, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, at the Stuarts Draft Farmers Market (2964 Stuarts Draft Highway, Stuarts Draft VA). There will be a rally with a few guest speakers.  Come – and invite everyone you know so Friends of Augusta can continue to educate people about the threat of this pipeline to our community, our water, health and safety of our families, etc.

Parking is limited so please carpool or park at Target Park and Ride and ride over to the Farm stand together.

Upcoming Event Reminder: DEIS Comment-Writing Workshop at RVCC

This weekend, on Sunday, March 19th, Friends of Nelson will be holding a comment-writing workshop at the Rockfish Valley Community Center between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.  Volunteers will be available to help you draft your comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and to help walk you through the process of submitting your comments online to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). 

Remember, the deadline for submitting comments to FERC about the DEIS is April 6, 2017.  You can submit as many comments as you would like to FERC, but they need to be submitted by the deadline. 

FERC is also accepting comments on behalf of the Forest Service regarding the authorization of the ACP on National Forest lands and the proposed amendments of the Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMPs) that would allow the ACP to be constructed across the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests.  The deadline for comments to FERC regarding the ACP on National Forest lands is April 10, 2017.

For more information about submitting comments to FERC, please visit our FERC page

If you can’t make it to Friends of Nelson’s comment-writing workshop at RVCC, Wild Virginia will also be holding comment-writing workshops in Staunton on March 20th and in Charlottesville on March 27th

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Pipeline Opponents Rally in Charlottesville

Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), as well as other large pipeline projects across the United States, made their voices heard in Charlottesville this weekend at the Stop the Pipelines rally hosted by the Central Virginia Environmental Coalition.  Pipeline protesters from communities along the proposed ACP route gathered at the Freedom of Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall to listen to speakers and raise awareness of the many negative impacts of the ACP. 

You can read more about the demonstration at the Charlottesville Newsplex and NBC 29

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Free Showings of “The Future of Energy” Available by Request

Tired of doom and gloom?  See a heart-warming and optimistic report on the revolution that has already started: clean energy is alive and well throughout the USA.

The Future of Energy is a film that 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.

To arrange a free viewing of the 64-minute DVD of The Future of Energy at the Rockfish Valley Community Center in Nelson County, contact Eleanor Amidon at eamidon@hotmail.com or 540-456-8506.