Category Archives: Support Friends of Nelson

Now Is the Time


We are now approaching the potentiality of major legal challenges to FERC, to Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and to the United States Forest Service (USFS).

We have provided expert comments to FERC, to the Virginia DEQ, and to the USFS on the impacts to Nelson County from the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Our Economic Report documents the direct costs to Nelson County, property values and revenues from the pipeline.

Our Steep Slope Study describes the geologic challenges to Nelson County from the proposed pipeline, the removal of ridge tops, and the potential for erosion and landslides.

Our Water Monitoring Program has created a baseline water quality in Nelson County that the Virginia DEQ and Dominion must protect. 

We have filed a federal lawsuit along with 14 Nelson County property owners against FERC, challenging their ability to use eminent domain to take properties along the proposed ACP route.

We continue to:

We continue to build our legal cases, using community and property owner support, procedural challenges, scientific analysis, and professional-expert analysis.


Please make a donation to Friends of Nelson HERE or by sending a check made out to Virginia Organizing, notating ‘Friends of Nelson’ in the memo line to:

Friends of Nelson
P. O. Box 33
Nellysford, VA 22958

Thank you for your support and Keep in Touch!

Ernie Reed, President
Friends of Nelson

Volunteer for Friends of Nelson


Friends of Nelson always needs volunteers for its many activities, events, and outreach programs and would like to put your skills to work! We invite you to join us in our fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. To get a sense of who some of our volunteers are and what they do, please take a moment to read our Volunteer page. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out our online Volunteer Contact Form. (And there is a new button at the top of our Web page to help direct you there.)

Coming Soon – Join Us!

dance-27feb2016Get Up, Stand Up, Join Us!  Mark your calendars for this positive community event, 7-10 pm at RVCC on February 27, 2016, to raise money to help fight the proposed pipeline and preserve the Nelson County we know and love!

Advance tickets available online here, or at Trager Brothers (RVCC location) and Basic Necessities in Nellysford.

Please contact Jean McConkey: (home phone) 434-361-1750 or (cell) 434-989-7931 if you can help on the day of the event with set up or clean up.

Tell your friends and family!  Bring your friends and family!

Get Up, Stand Up, Join Us – Dinner, Dance, Fundraiser

dance-27feb2016Get Up, Stand Up, Join Us!  Mark your calendars for this positive community event, 7-10 pm at RVCC on February 27, 2016, to raise money to help fight the proposed pipeline and preserve the Nelson County we know and love!

Advance tickets available online here, or at the February 6th Indoor Market at RVCC – at the ‘Pipeline Education Group’ table. Also available at Trager Brothers (RVCC location) and Basic Necessities in Nellysford.

We still need the following items to make this event a success:

  • Someone to oversee tickets; pre-sales and the night of the event
  • More chili with meat brought in a crock pot (already heated)
  • Several 9×12 pans of macaroni and cheese
  • Folks to oversee the food tables the night of
  • About 225 bowls and or small plates for chili and desserts
  • Cups for drinks – about 350
  • Home-made desserts for the bake sale
  • Cakes for the cake walk

Please contact Jean McConkey: (home phone) 434-361-1750 or (cell) 434-989-7931 if you can help out with any of these items, and/or if anyone can help the day of the event with set up or clean up.

Tell your friends and family!  Bring your friends and family!

We’re Going to Sue FERC

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On behalf of you, our neighbors, our friends, our lands, and even our salamanders, we’re going to take our fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to court.

It won’t be easy, and it won’t be cheap. That’s why we’ve got to start preparing now. We need to have a legal fund available so that we can take pro-active legal action as soon as the opportunity presents itself. With your help, we’ll start gathering our counsel and building our war chest. We’ll need economic, environmental, and energy experts to help lay out our legal case. Briefs, court fees, and filings are expenses that we need to start saving for now.

We’re ready to start building our case, but we need you to help make that happen. We want to raise $15,000 by the end of the year in order to kick off our legal fund. Our legal fundraising is:

  • to assist with expert testimony and legal affidavits to support potential legal action taken on behalf of Friends of Nelson and others by a legal team led by Appalachian Mountain Advocates, and
  • to have the ability to initiate possible strategic litigation on issues specific to Nelson County

Please make a $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 donation to help support Friends of Nelson and this important work. Go to the Friends of Nelson Donate page for instructions on how to donate. Be sure to make your tax-deductible checks to “Virginia Organizing,” with “Friends of Nelson legal fund” in the memo line.

Questions? Email friendsofnelson@gmail.com

Reminder: Celebrate Rockfish Raffle Will Be Held on May 30th

Revised 2015 cash raffle flyerHave you bought a raffle ticket for RVCC’s Celebrate Rockfish event?  A portion of the proceeds from this raffle will help fund the pipeline impact study that Friends of Nelson has commissioned.  Tickets are $50, and you could win up to $5000 if you have the winning ticket.  Tickets are available at the RVCC office, the Treasure Chest Thrift Store, and online at rockfishcc.org.  For more information about the raffle and the event, click here.