Category Archives: Friends of Nelson

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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Friends of Nelson to Host “We the People 2.0” Documentary Film Screening at Bold Rock Cidery on March 12th

Friends of Nelson will be hosting a showing of “We the People: 2.0” at Bold Rock Cidery in Nellysford on Sunday, March 12th at 7:00 pm.

“We the People 2.0” is the new documentary film about the loss of democracy in the United States, told through the eyes of the people who have faced decades of toxic dumping, drilling, mining, and pipeline infrastructure projects in their communities. The film demonstrates how we, the people, can turn this around and lay claim to our democracy. The film highlights the work of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and Thomas Linsey, who spoke at Rockfish Valley Community Center last November.

Tammy Belinski, who is a Virginia attorney and sits on the CELDF Board of Directors, will introduce the film and be available after for questions and answers.

Come at 6:00 pm for food and refreshments at Nelson County’s premier cidery!

For more information about the film screening, visit our Events calendar page

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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.