Category Archives: Take Action

Take the Bus to Richmond

Take the bus to Richmond for the Water Is Life Rally and Concert! Two buses are chartered to travel to Richmond on December 2nd for the Rally and Concert. There are 40 free bus tickets available for people to travel to Richmond. Bus stops in Harrisonburg, Staunton and Charlottesville for riders.

Go here for tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/water-is-life-rally-and-concert-central-virginia-buses-tickets-39961174950

Urge DEQ to Require Site-Specific Reviews


The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality must conduct a site-specific review everywhere the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would cross a Virginia lake, river, or stream.

Write to Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward and DEQ Director David Paylor:
Molly Ward: molly.ward@governor.virginia.gov, 804.786.0044.
David Paylor: david.paylor@deq.virginia.gov, 804.698.4020.

You can sign a petition to Governor McAuliffe and members of the State Water Control Board here:  http://appvoices.org/fracking/protect-va-waters/

Attend the Water is Life Rally & Concert on Saturday, December 2nd, in Richmond. Event details here.

Show up in solidarity and protest at the Virginia Water Control Board final hearings on the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines:

  • Mountain Valley Pipeline: 9:30 a.m.Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and Thursday, December 7, 2017. Location: Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222.
  • Atlantic Coast Pipeline: 9:30 a.m.Monday, December 11, 2017, and Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Location: Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222.

You can find the agendas here.

Legal Representation

On November 16, 2017, the Charlotte Observer reported that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is ready to start seizing private property early next year to start construction on the 600-mile ACP, beginning legal condemnation proceedings against holdout property owners as soon as it has received all state and federal permits.

In late October, the Mountain Valley Pipeline sued landowners to gain pipeline easements through eminent domain.  On November 16, 2017, a federal judge slowed MVP’s effort to fast-track one of two lawsuits against hundreds of landowners seeking to use eminent domain to gain easements for construction over the more than 300-mile route across West Virginia and Virginia.  Judge  John Copenhaver indicated “he is going to press MVP attorneys to personally serve all of the landowners with the lawsuits against them, and demand detailed explanations if the company ultimately says it couldn’t find all of the owners and wanted to rely on a public notice in the newspaper instead. ‘The court wants these people located,’ Copenhaver said. ‘The court is expecting due process.'”

Most of the landowners on the ACP route in Nelson County have legal representation. If you do not, email us at friendsofnelson@gmail.com and we will give you the information you need to protect yourself and your land.  (And please take a look at our Eminent Domain page.)  We will continue to stand up and support and back up landowners threatened by the ACP. This is not a done deal. We are still here and ready to help!

Water Is Life: Rally and Concert to Stop the Pipelines


Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is spearheading the December 2, 2017, The Water Is Life: Rally and Concert to Stop the Pipelines in Richmond, starting at 1:00 pm.

The proposed pipelines need their last approval from Virginia’s State Water Control Board, which will be holding hearings on December 6-7 and 11-12, 2017.  This Rally is an important protest before those meetings.  Bring banners, bring signs,bring your children, bring your voice. 

CCAN says, “It’s time for the biggest public protest ever organized against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. Here’s our goal: To bring so many moms and dads and farmers and students to Richmond on Saturday December 2nd that we can literally form a human ring around the Capitol building and the Governor’s mansion.

RSVP today for “Water is Life: Rally & Concert to Stop the Pipelines” on Saturday, December 2 in Richmond at 1:00 pm. This will be the biggest, baddest pipeline rally yet!

“During the rally we will stand hand-in-hand in a massive, unbroken human chain around the Capitol building and the Governor’s mansion to say “no” to the ACP and MVP pipelines. This encirclement will be the first protest of its kind in Virginia’s history. After the rally, we’ll stick around for a concert at The National just two blocks away.

“We have to be creative and loud on December 2nd because, frankly, time is running out. The State’s Water Control Board will hold final hearings in Richmond on the MVP (Dec 6-7) and the ACP (Dec 11-12). We’ll be putting pressure on the Water Control Board with our massive rally and we’ll be telling our new governor and House of Delegates that water is life and we intend to preserve it for all our children!”