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Action Alert: Appalachian Trail


Wild Virginia has issued the following action alert on Dominion’s efforts to build the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline across the Appalachian Trail. Friends of Nelson urges our readers to contact their Senators and Representatives.

Alert:

The proposed route for Dominion’s 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been a mess from the beginning. It carves through family farms, steep mountain ridges, and public water supplies, and it is slated to cross the Appalachian Trail on U.S. Forest Service land, a move that federal judges say is not legal. Rather than reconsider their poorly-planned project, Dominion is asking the U.S. Congress to change laws to make way for its unneeded gas pipeline.

We are calling on you to contact your senators and representative in Congress today and ask them to oppose legislation that makes way for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  (Don’t know your senators or representative? Find out here.)

Background:
Dominion is in trouble. It’s been five years since the company announced that it would build a high-pressure gas pipeline from West Virginia, across the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, into North Carolina. Today, the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is broadly unpopular, 50 percent over budget (now a shocking $7.5+ billion), and two years behind schedule.

In December 2018, a federal court in Richmond said that Dominion’s plan to cross the Appalachian Trail was not legal, and it overturned the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of the crossing.  Dominion has already tried to sneak a bill through Congress to change the law and allow our precious federal resources to be harmed. The company won’t stop in its efforts to get senators and representatives to change the law and undo the court’s ruling.

We will oppose Dominion’s efforts and call on you to do the same – NOW!

The Appalachian Trail crossing is one of seven permits that federal courts have overturned or put on hold, all because of Dominion’s careless route selection and rushed permitting. And it’s increasingly clear that the pipeline is not needed to meet electricity and gas demand. Worse, electricity customers in Virginia and North Carolina would be on the hook to pay for the costly new pipeline.

Tell your senators and your representative in Congress that you oppose legislation that would change the rules to make way for Dominion’s unneeded and destructive pipeline.

Thank you for taking action to protect the mountain streams, family farms, private property, water supplies, and Appalachian Trail that we all cherish.

Sincerely,

David Sligh 
Wild Virginia
Conservation Director

NO PIPELINE One Day Workshop


Where We Stand in Our Fight Against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline: Saturday, April 13th, Spruce Creek Camp, Nellysford VA

Join us in Nelson County for a one day workshop to learn about our recent successes and upcoming challenges. The workshop on April 13, 2019, will start at 9am and end at 6pm. The workshop’s focus is to bring citizens up to speed on the current state of the fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and to further inform and educate them on specific pipeline issues. Besides the list of speakers and topics (below), we will have guided tours nearby of the proposed route, exercises on how to protest safely, and a group discussion on the path forward for those opposed to this 7.8 billion dollar boondoggle project.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch and a camp chair to sit in.  Box lunches available with advance order – see registration form.  Water, comfort station and a first aid tent with emergency phone service will also be available.

The event will take place on Jill and Richard Averitt’s property where the pipeline is proposed to cross. The location is south of Nellysford, VA across from Bold Rock Cider. The event is free – however, we ask all participants to

PRE-REGISTER by clicking here

.Further Questions? Please email us at sprucecreekgathering@gmail.com

If there is inclement weather, we will have an alternate indoor site available.

Speakers and their topics:

  • Richard Averitt – Eminent Domain and how ‘Quick Take’ violates due process and should be ruled unconstitutional
  • William Limpert – How outside, long term storage of gas pipes deteriorates the coatings and increases the risk of failure
  • Lakshmi Fjord – The proposed Compressor Station in Buckingham County and the plight of the Union Hill Community
  • Rick Cornelius – The Legal Case against the Pipeline and where it stands today
  • Jennifer Lewis – Augusta County’s water supply is at risk due to its Karst topography and the pipeline route’s proximity to the Staunton Reservoir.
  • Tom Hadwin – Why the ACP is not needed, particularly in the Hampton Roads area.

Please PRE-REGISTER here

NO PIPELINE One Day Workshop


Where We Stand in Our Fight Against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline: Saturday April 13th, Spruce Creek Camp, Nellysford VA

Join us in Nelson County this spring for a one day workshop to learn about our recent successes and upcoming challenges. The day long workshop on April 13, 2019, will start at 9am and end at 6pm. We will have expert speakers, nearby guided tours of the proposed pipeline route and exercises and instructions on how to protest safely. The workshop will be free of charge. Donations are always appreciated. The ACP is proposed to go through the property where the workshop will be held, destroying beautiful

Spruce Creek and cutting through the heart of Nelson County’s valuable tourist venues.

Spruce Creek Camp is located off of HWY 151 across from Bold Rock Cider. You will see a large no pipeline sign at the intersection of 151 and Horizon’s Village Road. Follow the signs from there. To reduce costs, please bring your own packed lunch and a camp chair to sit on. If desired, boxed lunches will be available for sale in advance. An email reminder will be sent and you can register for a box lunch at that point in time. Water, comfort station and a first aid tent with emergency phone service will also be available.

Further Questions? Please email us at sprucecreekgathering@gmail.com

*If there is inclement weather, we will have an alternate indoor site available

Urge State Delegates to Oppose Paylor Confirmation


There are serious ethical and conduct issues surrounding Mr. Paylor’s work, especially in the permitting processes connected with the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. Act now to oppose David Paylor’s confirmation as Director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality! The vote on his confirmation reached the Senate floor and the press on January 21, 2019 (Six senators vote against Northam’s pick to lead environmental agency).

While the House of Delegates may not act on this until after cross over/Feb. 5, they could act at any time. They could act today. Call and email your own Delegate to the Virginia Assembly (Who’s my Legislator? ) and as well as members of the Privileges and Elections Committee. Ask them to oppose the confirmation vote on the appointment of David Paylor as Director of Virginia Department of Environmental Quality as designated in Senate Joint Resolution No. 292 (offered Jan 9, 2019) confirming appointments by the Governor of certain persons communicated May 17, 2018.

Talking points/Sample letter/email here.

Talking Points for Your Comments to the Air Board

As you write your comments to the Air Pollution Control Board during this abbreviated comment period (now through January 4, 2019), you may find some good talking points in the summary of comments made during the August-September comment period. The summary, originally published on November 2, 2018, was compiled with the excellent work of folks from Appalachian Voices, Friends of Buckingham and the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter.

Keep in mind that per the Air Board’s instructions, comments are limited to questions and concerns on demographics and site suitability for the proposed air compressor station. The Board also said that the permit conditions, including the amendments that were discussed and approved at the December 19, 2018, meeting, are not subject to public comment. And further, the Board indicated that public comment is not being sought on the conduct of a health assessment by the Virginia Department of Health. Documents to be commented on are listed here. Despite the Air Board’s restrictions, the summary of earlier comments may provide you with useful points to consider.