Category Archives: Friends of Nelson

Art Opening and Pop-Up Cafe


An art exhibition JUM JIRAPAN
BOSSA NOVA Sidetracks Music – 310 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA. June 2 – 30, 2018 Art Opening & Pop Up Café – Saturday, June 2 from 2 to 5 PM
The event benefits Friends of Nelson

Inspired by Getz & Gilberto’s 1963 album and the album’s cover painting by Olga Albizu, Jum Jirapan is bringing you paintings with vibrant colors reflecting the birth era of Bossa Nova. With each painting named after a favorite song, Jum’s paintings evoke the spirit of summer, jazz music, sidewalk cafés, and her zest for life. Indulge in a fine afternoon at the opening on June 2 which features a pop up café with live music by Cool Lane and live painting by Jum. Enjoy coffee from Lone Light Coffee and light refreshments by local chefs while lounging on fun furniture from Pigment.  The event benefits Friends of Nelson.

‘The Girl From Ipanema’ (2018) Acrylic on wood

Appeals Court Orders Halt to ACP Construction


Late in the day on May 15, 2018, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that, “A federal appeals court has ordered a halt to construction of the 600-mile Dominion Energy-led Atlantic Coast Pipeline, following a legal challenge by environmental opponents who argued a review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was inadequate. A three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit agreed, striking down the review, known as an incidental take statement, which is meant to set limits on harm to threatened or endangered species during construction.”

The court’s order states, “Petitioners seek review of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Incidental Take Statement, which authorized the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project to take certain threatened or endangered species. As to five of the affected species, Petitioners argue that the agency failed to set clear limits on take as required by the Endangered Species Act. Exercising jurisdiction pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 717r(d)(1), we conclude, for reasons to be more fully explained in a forthcoming opinion, that the limits set by the agency are so indeterminate that they undermine the Incidental Take Statement’s enforcement and monitoring function under the Endangered Species Act. Accordingly, we VACATE the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Incidental Take Statement.  See 5 U.S.C. § 706(2). We reserve judgment on the parties’ remaining disputes until our forthcoming opinion.”

D.J. Gerten, the Southern Environmental Law Center attorney who argued the case for the Sierra Club, the Defenders of Wildlife, and the Virginia Wilderness Committee, said, “This puts a stop to any work that could threaten rare and endangered species and that’s much of the pipeline route.”

In the Washington Post report, Dominion talks about continuing construction [italics added].  “‘We remain confident in the project approvals and the ACP will continue to move forward with construction as scheduled,’ spokeswoman Jen Kostyniuk said via email. ‘We will fully comply as required while we continue to construct the project. Although we disagree with the outcome of the court’s decision, and are evaluating our options, we are committed to working with the agency to address the concerns raised by the court’s order.'”

In a statement to the press, Friends of Nelson said, “We are of course pleased with this decision from the 4th Circuit regarding the US Fish and Wildlife review of the ACP. Residents and groups fighting on behalf of impacted communities have long held that thousands of pages of documents do not necessarily end in a thorough review. Errors and omissions have been rife among agencies in charge, and political pressures have been glaringly obvious. We will wait for details of the court’s full opinion, but are most grateful for the Southern Environmental Law Center’s steadfast dedication to the communities all along the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. It is indeed a pleasure to hear a court confirm the deficiencies in at least part of the review of this project. Given the opportunity for all of the many challenges to be heard by the courts before this pipe is laid, we are confident that this project will not be built.”

Friends of Nelson Public Meeting, April 11, 2018


Join us on Wednesday April 11, 2018, Rockfish Valley Community Center, to share information and hear the latest news and updates. Plus a raffle with exciting prizes! Doors will open at 6 pm to give folks a chance to talk informally and pick up information sheets before the 7 pm meeting begins. At the meeting we’ll hear updates on various legal cases, on stream monitoring and water testing, and on the proposed horizontal directional drilling under the Blue Ridge and the James River.

Friends of Nelson Public Meeting, April 11, 2018


Join us on Wednesday April 11, 2018, Rockfish Valley Community Center, to share information and hear the latest news and updates. Plus a raffle with exciting prizes! Doors will open at 6 pm to give folks a chance to talk informally and pick up information sheets before the 7 pm meeting begins. At the meeting we’ll hear updates on various legal cases, on stream monitoring and water testing, and on the proposed horizontal directional drilling under the Blue Ridge and the James River.

Proceeds from Yoga Classes to Friends of Nelson


During March and April, 100% of the proceeds from Kate Zuckerman’s yoga class (Wednesdays 10:30-11:45 a.m. at Rockfish Valley Community Center) will be donated to Friends of Nelson. Thank you, Kate! Kate’s teaching incorporates the philosophy of yoga and emphasizes presence, peace, and poise in each pose. Students will hold postures for a period of time in order to learn more about themselves and the pose. This class will challenge more experienced students and is also appropriate for all levels.