Category Archives: Friends of Nelson

Friends of Nelson Public Meeting, July 23, 2017


Friends of Nelson Public Meeting, Sunday July 23, 2017, Rockfish Valley Community Center, 6:30 pm. We’ll have a Nelson County update on the ACP, then Dave Sligh, Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition and Wild Virginia’s Conservation Director, will update us on the Virginia Water Quality Permitting, the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) public comment period and public hearings, and the current situation with the proposed route across National Forest Lands.

Friends of Nelson Welcomes Pipeline Route Walkers to Nelson County


MEDIA ADVISORY

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 http://walkingtheline.org.

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

Keeping Up with the News


Having a hard time keeping up with pipeline news? Our Web page can help! We’ve been routinely posting and archiving news stories related to the ACP since May 2014. Hover over the In the News tab and you’ll see the choices for archived stories. Clicking directly on the In the News tab will take you to the page with the most current stories, newest at the top. A few of this week’s headlines:

We include news stories from print, online, and TV, as well as editorials, and letters to the editor.

Help Wanted


Use your skills in the fight against the ACP! Friends of Nelson seeks volunteers:

  • Web Team Content Editor: Are you a news junkie who likes to write? We need someone to gather, read, and write synopses of ACP-specific news articles for our In the News page, and to help with gathering, editing, and posting other content on our Web page.
  • Assistant to the Treasurer: Are you a number/detail person? Help with tracking donations and expenses, and with other financial aspects of Friends of Nelson.

See our Volunteer page for details on the jobs and application process..

We Need Your Help!


Use your skills in the fight against the ACP! Friends of Nelson seeks three volunteers:

  • Web Team Member: Are you a news junkie who likes to write? We need someone to gather, read, and write synopses of ACP-specific news articles for our In the News page
  • Assistant to the Treasurer: Are you a number/detail person? Help with tracking donations and expenses, and with other financial aspects of Friends of Nelson.
  • Compiler/Editor of Internal News Briefing Report: Another news junkie/writer position. Create for Board and staff a regular listing of links covering broad aspects of pipelines, energy policy, and politics, with brief description of each.

See our Volunteer page for detailed job descriptions and the volunteer form.

We Were There!


Some of the Friends of Nelson contingent at the Climate March in DC, April 23, 2017.  Doug Wellman, Jill Averitt, Deborah Claudel, Charlotte Drummond, Rick Wellbeloved-Stone – Ernie Reed took the photo.