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Friends of Nelson Welcomes Pipeline Route Walkers to Nelson County


Contacts: Jessica Glendinning, (pipeline walker), 434-202-4285; Ernie Reed, Friends of Nelson, 434-249-8330

Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 1pm
Location: Three Ridges Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway, Mile Marker 12.9, Nelson County, VA (north of #664/Beech Grove Rd.)

Friends of Nelson and citizens of Nelson County will welcome the “Walking the Line” hikers to Nelson County, Tuesday, June 27 at 1 pm at Three Ridges Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They are tracing the proposed path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The walkers embarked over a week ago on the 2-week pilgrimage to draw public attention to the devastation that would be unleashed by the proposed pipeline. This 140-mile segment of the hike, which closely follows the proposed route, began on June 17 in Bath County and will end on July 2 in Buckingham County.

By meeting the affected people—and seeing firsthand the mountains, ridges, countryside, rivers, streams and wetlands that would be impacted by the proposed pipeline—the hikers will be able to speak from their hearts about the consequences of this highly destructive and unnecessary project.

Nelson County residents will be joining the hikers at Reed’s Gap as they hike east down along Beech Grove Road, where the proposed ACP would emerge after boring 4200’ through the mountain beneath the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail. They will be spending the night in Nellysford before continuing through Gullysville, then along the ridgetop of Roberts Mountain, which would be leveled by proposed construction.

The hikers will continue towards Wheeler’s Cove on their way to Wingina, the James River and eventually Buckingham County.

For more information see the Walking the Line Webpage at

Organizers, pipeline walkers and impacted Nelson County residents will be available for interview.

Pipelines and Water Webinar, June 28, 2017

Join Appalachian Voices for a webinar exploring the significance of state-level water quality certification under the Clean Water Act § 401 and how to engage in the 401 process for the proposed interstate Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipeline projects

Find out how to monitor and protect our water sources from these potential projects!

Webinar speakers will share information about the upcoming state-level water certification process, how the public can engage in this process, and discuss the basics of how to do baseline water testing in wells and waterbodies potentially impacted by fracked gas infrastructure projects and why it is important. Presenters include Downstream Strategies, Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, and others.

No charge, but you need to REGISTER HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Beginning June 17: Walking the Line

Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia begins Saturday, June 17, 2017, and runs through Sunday, July 2.

It’s a walk of resistance and CELEBRATION along the proposed path of a fracked-gas pipeline (ACP). See for yourself what is on the line…the forest habitats, mountains, farms and homes that are in danger of irreversible destruction.

The walk starts on Saturday June 17, 2017, in Highland & Bath Counties with a Kick Off Rally at Noon at a historic family property on Sam Snead Highway in Bath (, that is ‘On The Line.’

The walk will continue, following as closely as possible the proposed ACP path for 150 miles, through Bath, Augusta and Nelson Counties, into the heart of Virginia, Buckingham County – the site of the proposed toxin-emitting compressor station.

Join Walking the Line for a day, a weekend, or the whole two week adventure! Food is provided for a suggested $10 p/d donation (they need to know in advance), and their support truck will get you back to your vehicle at the end of the day, or following your days with the walk.

More information at (the daily schedule is here) or at

Watch the videos created by Walking the Line:

  • Sow ‘Em on the Mountain.  Create your own verse of Sow ‘Em On The Mountain and let us know you plan to come and sing it with us at the Celebration Concert when we film the second version of this song video. message us on facebook! You gonna reap just what you sow….
  • Follow water long enough, and Your water becomes Ours. At several points along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route, creeks and streams, including the headwaters of the Shenandoah and James River, will be irreversibly altered. At one point, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline proposes going under the James River. The question of how to respond to the pipe exploding, when it does, is one of many questions Dominion is not able to answer. To learn more about the effect of the proposed pipeline on our local water sources, explore the beautiful film, made last year ‘Troubled Waters: Voices from Bath.’ Or to begin, visit the 15 minute Vimeo version here:
  • Walk with Me.  An invitation to join Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia for an hour, a day, or the entire two weeks. From a conversation with key organizers.
  • Why this fight?  A conversation with some, not remotely all, of the organizations and volunteers working to stop the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley fracked-gas pipelines. With Nancy Sorrells of Augusta County Alliance, Kirk Bowers of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Lee White of Walking the Line and Cville Rising, Joyce Burton of Friends of Nelson, Joseph Jeeva Abate of Yogaville Environmental Solutions – YES and Malik Olson of Walking the Line and Cville Rising. 
  • The Good News: or it’s a shame it takes an enemy. With Kirk Bowers of Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Randy Whiting and Joyce Burton of Friends of Nelson, Peter Anderson of Appalachian Voices, Nancy Sorrells of Augusta County Alliance, Joseph Jeeva Abate of Yogaville Environmental Solutions – YES and Lee White of Walking the Line and Cville Rising.
  • Thou Shalt Have no Dominion Here.  Focuses on the Buckingham Compressor Station as a stark example of environmental racism and injustice. With Pastor Paul Wilson of the Union Hill and Union Grove Baptist Churches, cultural anthropologist Lakshmi Fjord, PhD, from Friends of Buckingham and Joseph Jeeva Abate from YES (Yogaville Environmental Solutions).
  • “What Lies Beneath: Water Killer, Job Killer”.  Focuses on Augusta County and pipeline threats to water and jobs. With Nancy Sorrells of Augusta County Alliance.


Wintergreen Property Owners: Vote “YES” on Pipeline Covenant

Wintergreen property owners should vote ‘Yes” on the WPOA Pipeline Covenant. Go here if you need ballot. Deadline: July 4! There will be a Special Meeting of Members of the Association to be held at the Skyline Pavilion, 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, Virginia, on July 4, 2017 at 9:00am.

Property owners are being asked to approve a proposal to amend and insert the following text into Article IV, Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions of the Wintergreen Property Owners Association: “The Association shall not infringe upon or in any way inhibit or interfere with the Members’ Easements of Enjoyment in the Common Properties by permitting or allowing the above or below ground construction or installation of any lines, facilities, structures or any other appurtenances relating to the transmission of utilities on any Common Properties. This provision shall only apply to transmission line utilities and shall not apply to any utilities that cross upon, above or below any Common Properties for the purpose of providing services or utilities directly to the Association or any Members.”

Seeds of Resistance Tour: Ponca Corn Planting at Mount Rush Farm

Join Bold Alliance on Wednesday, June 14, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to help plant sacred Ponca Tribe corn on Buckingham County land directly in the path of the proposed Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipeline, as part of this year’s second annual “Seeds of Resistance Tour.”

Ponca Nation member and Bold staffer Mekasi Horinek Camp along with Bold Alliance regional pipeline fighter Carolyn Reilly invite you to join us on land owned by Irene Leech in Buckingham County, VA.

WHAT: Plant Sacred Ponca Corn in the Path of ACP
WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
*Catered dinner to follow planting, 5:30p.m. at Union Grove Baptist Church (2522 Shelton Store Rd, Buckingham, VA 23921)
WHERE: Landowner Irene Leech’s property
DIRECTIONS: 9460 West James Anderson Hwy, Buckingham County, VA
CONTACT: Irene Leech (540) 230-5373

The Seeds of Resistance Tour will host additional sacred Ponca corn planting events in Virginia and West Virginia from June 11-14 on land that lies in the paths of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley fracked gas pipelines.