Blast Zone – Natural Gas and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline: Causes, Consequences and Civic Action is a new report from the Rachel Carson Council. In addition to naming and exploring the economic and political systems underlying fracking and the ACP, Blast Zone highlights organizations, businesses, and campuses working in interconnected ways toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the source, restoring equity, and putting decision-making in the hands of communities.
The report discusses:
- Natural gas: current and future trends (including the “bridge fuel” myth)
- Fracking in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Basins
- The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (including the power behind it, industry motives, what’s paving the way, and the ACP and the environment)
And the report includes an entire set of “Toolboxes” for fighting the ACP:
- Policy Toolbox: Our Power Plan
- Housing Toolbox: Efficient, Affordable, Durable Investments
- Voter’s Toolbox: Supporting Fossil-Free Leaders
- Campus Toolbox: Research and Advocacy for the Public Interest
- Advocacy Toolbox: Eliminating Fracking Dangers
- Financial Toolbox: Divest and Reinvest
- Property Rights Toolbox: Challenging Eminent Domain
- Lobbying Toolbox: Re-envisioning FERC
- Policy Toolbox: Water Quality Permits
- Civil Rights Toolbox: Driving Racial and Social Justice
- Direct Action and Advocacy Toolbox
Easily understandable graphs and charts, along with photographs (many you’ll recognize) help to make the points in this clear and thoughtful report.
A message from the No Pipeline! Action Camp organizers:
If you signed up for the No Pipelines! Action Camp taking place on September 15-17, 2017, but did not receive the Welcome/Introduction email, please check your spam folder or send an email to email@example.com to receive this email of important information about attending the training camp this weekend. Thanks, #PipelineFighters!
The State Corporation Commission (SCC) is reviewing Dominion’s plan for Virginia’s energy future — known as the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) — and they are seeking input from Virginians until September 18, 2017.
If you’ve seen Dominion Energy’s website or ads lately, you might think the company produces a lot of solar power. Don’t be fooled. Dominion’s long-term plan relies mostly on more dirty fossil fuels. The plan would increase climate pollution and lead to higher electricity bills.
In its plan, Dominion vastly overestimates future electricity demand to justify its preference for “cheap” natural gas. Yet experts estimate that building the company’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would actually increase customer costs by up to $2.36 billion. Meanwhile, the company restricts the amount of solar that can be added to the grid and pays little attention to the benefits of energy efficiency, distributed solar or wind energy.
If Dominion has its way, we’ll have an outdated electric system that relies on fossil fuels like coal and fracked gas, results in carbon emissions and air and water pollution, and ignores the benefits of clean and cost-effective renewable energy sources. And Virginia will continue to lag behind its neighbors, like North Carolina, in terms of installed solar resources.
Now is the time for Virginia to invest in a clean energy economy. Prices for wind and solar energy have never been lower. Solar and energy efficiency in particular are creating far more jobs than coal, oil and natural gas nationwide. But Dominion plans to invest predominantly in fracked-gas pipelines and power plants.
While Dominion claims a commitment to clean energy in Virginia, the IRP falls disappointingly short. We need to let the Commission know that Virginians want Dominion to incorporate more clean energy sources like wind and solar, not lock our state into another half-century of fossil fuel burning.
Both the Sierra Club and Appalachian Voices have petition pages where you can submit your comments:
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
WATCH: Flooding even worse than Harvey?
Hampton Roads native, Harrison Wallace, calls on us to stop the proposed fracked-gas pipeline that’ll put his city under water.
STOP these pipelines
Journey the James River Flotilla
Protect our Watershed
September 4-7th 2017
Paddle the James River in kayaks and canoes from Yogaville in Buckingham County to Richmond to bring attention to the destructive impact the two proposed natural gas pipelines would have on our precious water resources.
Drawing energy from Those who recently “Walked the Line” through the heart of Virginia and experienced the mountains and valleys that would be irreparably damaged by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), we continue where they left off and take to the water for a trip that will be both educational and a non-violent political demonstration.
Participants will meet Sunday night, September 3rd, at Yogaville and begin our journey on the water early Monday morning, camping each night along the river. A support vehicle will transport camping gear to the sites each day and meals will be prepared by Seeds of Peace mobile kitchen.