Category Archives: Take Action

Dominion and the AT: Contact Your Senators and Representative (Again)

Late last week we learned that Dominion Energy is putting a full-court press with members of the Virginia congressional delegation to urge their support for congressional action on overturning the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to vacate the Forest Service permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline which, among other things, would have permitted the pipeline to cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The Court ruled that the Forest Service did not possess the legal authority to issue such a permit. This is notwithstanding the appeal of that decision that is due to be argued early next year before the U.S. Supreme Court.

We asked you this past summer and again in late September to contact your Congressional Representative and Senators Warner and Kaine to urge their opposition to any such rider or amendment. Hundreds of you responded. But, given this new development, renewed contact with your Representative and the two Senators is necessary, asking them: 1) to oppose any such legislation; and 2) to let their congressional leadership know they oppose it.

Here are documents to help you as you contact your legislators:

Send Comments to DEQ

The Commonwealth of Virginia is proposing to enter into a judicial consent decree with Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC to settle certain alleged violations of the Commonwealth’s environmental laws and regulations related to construction activities in Craig, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pittsylvania and Roanoke Counties, Virginia (Case No. CL18006874-00 in Henrico County Circuit Court).  The consent decree will require the payment of $2.15 million penalty, put MVP under stricter court-ordered compliance, and enhance Virginia’s ability to detect any future violation, allowing for faster, more effective accountability and environmental restoration and protection.

Written comments on the proposed consent decree will be accepted from October 28, 2019, through November 27, 2019, and should be submitted to mountainvalleypipeline@deq.virginia.gov or by postal mail to Room 2253-A, Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, Virginia 23218, or hand-delivery by close of business to Department of Environmental Quality, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Legal Observer Training – 2 Opportunities

Attorney Kai Memmer, a volunteer for the Southwest Virginia Chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild, will train attendees to become Legal Observers. LO’s are needed immediately in the Elliston, VA area, other areas along the MVP route, and where law enforcement and protestors are in proximity to monitor and document interactions. LO’s presence serves to de-escalate tensions on both sides, and is a vital, neutral information gathering tool.

Volunteers are needed for any amount of time. Information on the National Lawyer’s Guild and the Legal Observer program: https://www.nlg.org/our-work/

Training session #1: Wednesday, October 30 at 6pm at the Lucy F Simms Continuing Education Center, Classroom 101, 620 Simms Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Training session #2: Wednesday, November 6 at 6pm at the Nelson Memorial Library, 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston VA 22949

Questions? drkinva@yahoo.com

Vote to Increase Land Conservation in Nelson and Amherst Counties

Here’s your opportunity to increase efforts to conserve land in Nelson and Amherst counties in the Appalachian Trail landscape … just by voting online!

For the past several years, the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) have been partners in saving land in Virginia. The board president of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, Dr. Diana Christopulos, is one of nine national finalists for the Cox Conserves Heroes Award. Diana won the competition for Virginia and is now competing against eight other finalists from Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Washington state. If Diana wins the national competition, she’ll receive $50,000, which will go to the Southwest and Central Virginia Regional Office of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Here is why this is important to our area. The ATC is now providing grant funding to the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy to hire a staff person in order to increase conservation of land in Nelson and Amherst counties in the broader Appalachian Trail landscape. Two volunteer members of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy board who live in Nelson (Susan McSwain) and Amherst (Wendy Kendrick) – would like to encourage you to vote for Diana in order to put the prize money to work here in our own back yard.

To see a video on Dr. Christopulos and vote for her, click here. You can vote once per email address, so feel free to vote with both work and personal accounts. Deadline to cast your vote is October 15.

Hands Across the Appalachian Trail


Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 11 AM – 1 PM, Humpback Rocks Visitor’s Center and Picnic Area, Milepost 5.8, Blue Ridge Parkway, Lyndhurst, VA 22952

Hosted by Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

Join your friends and neighbors at the Fourth Annual Hands Across the Appalachian Trail! Be part of this special weekend of events across the state on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, as we work to protect our communities, water, air, land and natural treasures from the threats posed by unneeded and harmful fracked gas pipelines.

The Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines propose to cross several nationally known and highly popular public recreational areas including the George Washington National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Eastern Trail, and – the iconic Appalachian Trail. The dedicated work of volunteers, community groups, allies, legal advocates and individuals has led to Stop Work Orders and further delays of the pipelines, and the efforts to stop these fracked-gas project continues.

The Hands Across the Appalachian Trail events features the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s vision to “connect the human spirit with nature – preserving the delicate majesty of the Trail as a haven for all to enjoy.” Come celebrate the Appalachian Trail, meet others working to protect it and enjoy food, music, and speakers!

The Saturday, September 28 event will take place at:
Humpback Rocks Visitors Center/Augusta County: Humpback Rocks Visitor’s Center and Picnic Area, Milepost 5.8, Blue Ridge Parkway, Lyndhurst, VA 22952

For more information contact:
Jessica Sims:
jessica.sims@sierraclub.org 804-366-0745
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 28!

Other Hands Across the Appalachian Trail events:

Saturday, September 28, 11am-1pm
Giles County/Pearisburg: Route 100 intersection with Appalachian Trail (Trailhead), 2030 Narrows Road, Pearisburg, VA 24134 (Bluff City)

Sunday, September 29, 11am-1pm
Bears Den, 18393 Blue Ridge Mountain Road, Bluemont, VA 20135

Hands Across the Appalachian Trail


Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 11 AM – 1 PM, Humpback Rocks Visitor’s Center and Picnic Area, Milepost 5.8, Blue Ridge Parkway, Lyndhurst, VA 22952
Hosted by Sierra Club Virginia Chapter.  There will be MUSIC!  SPEAKERS!  PHOTO SHOOT!

Join your friends and neighbors at the Fourth Annual Hands Across the Appalachian Trail! Be part of this special weekend of events across the state on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, as we work to protect our communities, water, air, land and natural treasures from the threats posed by unneeded and harmful fracked gas pipelines.

The Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines propose to cross several nationally known and highly popular public recreational areas including the George Washington National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Eastern Trail, and – the iconic Appalachian Trail. The dedicated work of volunteers, community groups, allies, legal advocates and individuals has led to Stop Work Orders and further delays of the pipelines, and the efforts to stop these fracked-gas project continues.

The Hands Across the Appalachian Trail events features the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s vision to “connect the human spirit with nature – preserving the delicate majesty of the Trail as a haven for all to enjoy.” Come celebrate the Appalachian Trail, meet others working to protect it and enjoy food, music, and speakers!

The Saturday, September 28 event will take place at:
Humpback Rocks Visitors Center/Augusta County: Humpback Rocks Visitor’s Center and Picnic Area, Milepost 5.8, Blue Ridge Parkway, Lyndhurst, VA 22952

For more information contact:
Jessica Sims:
jessica.sims@sierraclub.org 804-366-0745
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 28!

Other Hands Across the Appalachian Trail events:

Saturday, September 28, 11am-1pm
Giles County/Pearisburg: Route 100 intersection with Appalachian Trail (Trailhead), 2030 Narrows Road, Pearisburg, VA 24134 (Bluff City)

Sunday, September 29, 11am-1pm
Bears Den, 18393 Blue Ridge Mountain Road, Bluemont, VA 20135