Category Archives: Friends of Nelson

Need Help Crafting Your Public Comment to FERC? Friends of Nelson Can Help

If you are planning or want to attend the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Lovingston on Wednesday, February 22nd, but aren’t sure what to say during your three-minute speaking allotment, Friends of Nelson can help.  From 6:00 pm on, Friends of Nelson will be available in the Nelson County Middle School library (right next door to the high school, where FERC’s hearing will be held) for help and support.  Come gather with us and share information, prepare comments, and wait for your number to be called by FERC for the public comment session. 

In the Pipeline’s Path

An article by William H. Funk, a freelance journalist and environmental attorney based in the Shenandoah Valley, about the proposed ACP appeared in the Winter 2016 Utne Reader, a nationally distributed magazine, where it was reprinted from Earth Island Journal. “In the Pipeline’s Path” describes the ACP as one among several projects threatening rural Appalachian landscapes and communities.

The Friends of Nelson Web page has an archive including this and other news stories and media coverage about the ACP – local, regional, and national – going back to May 2014. Check out our In the News page. It’s a wonderful record of our ongoing battle.

Reminder – Community Meeting – February 12, 2017

Join us on Sunday February 12, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Rockfish Valley Community Center for a community meeting. The featured guest will be Thomas Hadwin, speaking on “Challenging the Purpose and Need of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.” Thomas has worked for electric and gas utilities in Michigan and New York and has written numerous articles, reports and FERC submissions on the absence of any public need or benefit for the ACP. We’ll also discuss the upcoming FERC hearings on the DEIS.

Community Meeting on ACP


Join us on Sunday February 12, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Rockfish Valley Community Center for a community meeting. The featured guest will be Thomas Hadwin, speaking on “Challenging the Purpose and Need of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.” Thomas has worked for electric and gas utilities in Michigan and New York and has written numerous articles, reports and FERC submissions on the absence of any public need or benefit for the ACP. We’ll also discuss the upcoming FERC hearings on the DEIS.

New Year, New Newsletter – Welcome!

With the New Year, Friends of Nelson begins a weekly emailed newsletter which will go out every Friday, bringing you a listing of the previous week’s posts on our Web page. We hope the newsletter will help you keep up with the many unfolding aspects of our fight against the ACP.

We encourage you to bookmark the Friends of Nelson Web page (http://friendsofnelson.com/) and visit regularly. In addition to the front page stories you’ll see in our Newsletter, the Web page includes an events calendar, information and resources on a wide variety of topics, songs and videos, and an ongoing compendium of relevant news stories archived back to May 2014.

New Year’s Message from Friends of Nelson President

January 5, 2017
Dear Friends,

I wish to thank all of you who have supported Friends of Nelson for the last two and a half years. Whether you have volunteered, tabled, attended meetings, written letters, donated or renewed your membership, all of us at Friends of Nelson proudly stand on your shoulders.

Last week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. We are busy reviewing, dissecting and creating responses to this incomplete and unprofessional document. But no matter what, we will not stop building energy, person-by-person, throughout the county—to resist Dominion, to oppose the pipeline and to defend the land we love.

We are doubling our commitment to make 2017 the year we stop the ACP in Nelson County. We continue working within the county to protect our water, our mountains, our property and our economy. And we continue working with our allies across a larger landscape to make this madness cease.

Please take time with your friends and loved ones to celebrate the beauty and the joy that we are so blessed to have within us and all around us. It will inspire and energize our work together this year.

And, again, a personal “thank you” for the privilege of doing this important work with you.

All the best and love to all,

Ernie Reed, President, Friends of Nelson