Category Archives: Take Action

Tell FERC: Reject the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) has created an easy-to-use online comment form, Tell FERC: No Atlantic Coast Pipeline, that allows you to send a comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) about the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the ACP.  The form provides a pre-written letter to FERC that details the many failings of the DEIS; you can edit this letter or add your own comments about the DEIS and how the pipeline would impact you. 

Remember you can submit as many comments as you like to FERC during comment periods.  Friends of Nelson strongly encourages you to write and submit your own comments to FERC, but you can and should use tools like this form provided by CCAN to submit more comments.  They make the process of submitting comments to FERC easy and quick, so that it’s easy to submit more comments.  The more comments submitted in opposition to the ACP, the better. 

FERC Hearing in Nelson, February 22, 2017


The FERC hearing in Nelson on the DEIS will be Wednesday February 22, 2017. Be there!

This is our chance to speak up in opposition about the seriously flawed and unacceptably inadequate Draft Environmental Impact Statement. We need as many people as possible to attend – flooding FERC – showing and voicing our disapproval and aversion towards this grossly unnecessary and dangerous pipeline.

Come early to sign up for a number to speak! Comments will NOT be taken in public. Speakers’ comments will be taken in a private room with a stenographer. (This is FERC’s idea of a “public hearing.”) It is therefore crucially important that everyone who gives comments brings a paper copy to give to the stenographer and that everyone ALSO submits their comments to FERC – online or via USPS – so that there is an irrefutable paper trail.

See our Events page for details on other FERC hearings in our area:  Farmville on February 21, Staunton on February 23, and Monterey on February 28.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is not needed, and we don’t want this 42″, 600-mile fracked gas pipeline. We want clean water, healthy air, our precious lands to stay intact, and a safe future.

Resistance Training

Join POWHR-Protect Our Water Heritage Rights, their member organizations, and friends on Saturday February 25, 2017, from 9-5 in Pearisburg VA for a day-long training exploring nonviolent direct action: what it is, how it’s done, and where it fits in a campaign. The goal of the training is to provide attendees with the knowledge and understanding to participate in a coordinated but organic opposition on the regional level.

For further information or to register, see POWHR’s Resistance Training page.

People’s Climate March: April 29, 2017


Join the People’s Climate March on April 29, 2017, from 9-4 in Washington DC, to stand up for our communities and climate.

Throughout the first 100 days in office, the People’s Climate Movement, a project of dozens of organizations working together to solve the climate crisis, is organizing a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April 29th in Washington DC in a powerful mobilization to unite all of our movements.

A steering committee of more than two dozen organizations is organizing the event. It is supported by the major national environmental groups and an array of social justice, religious, and labor groups, ranging from the Hip Hop Caucus to the Franciscan Action Network to the BlueGreen Alliance. More than 100 groups have endorsed the march – to change everything, we need everyone!

Read more here about the movement. Read march details here.

Media Advisory: Rally and Court Hearing


Media Advisory – Community Rally and Court Hearing: Nelson County Landowners’ Right to Deny Survey for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Contact: Ernie Reed, 434-971-1647

A community rally in support of Nelson County property owners who have been sued by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (ACP) will be held on Monday, February 6, at 12 noon on the steps of the Nelson County Courthouse in Lovingston. The rally will precede the 1:30 hearing in Nelson Circuit Court on ACP’s request for a declaratory judgment that would allow them to enter private property in order to survey for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline without the consent of affected Nelson County property owners.

In the evidentiary hearing on the petition, both ACP and the defendants will likely call witnesses to testify, including experts on the matter in dispute. According to the Circuit Court schedule, this hearing will be for 39 different property owners being sued by Dominion, and they will be represented by several different attorneys.

A previous hearing in Buckingham County Circuit Court resulted in the awarding of a declaratory judgment against 7 Buckingham citizens. That ruling is not applicable to Nelson County defendants.

The defendants claim 1) that Atlantic Coat Pipeline LLC does not have the authority to enter these properties and that 2) ACP has failed to give proper notice of entry as required by the Virginia Code.

“We’re hoping Judge Garrett will hear the evidence and conclude, as we do, that the ACP cannot satisfy the requirements of the statute in order to be exempt from common law trespass,” said attorney Chuck Lollar, who is representing many of the defendants.

“Pipelines can be built using fair practices that respect landowners and property rights,” said Richard Averitt, one of the defendants. “Virginia citizens are being victimized by a corrupt system where Dominion, in this case being treated as a public utility, has biased our system of checks and balances.”

“A bully is an opportunist, using intimidation and manipulation to prey upon isolated, weaker victims for their own self-gratification,” said Barbara Fuhrman, who is also being sued. “Dominion has tried to get individual property owners to allow surveyors on their land, telling the landowner that this was Dominion’s legal right. Some property owners were also asked to sign easement agreements prior to FERC’s issuing a certification of approval for the pipeline, implying that if they didn’t agree now, they might not receive settlement money.”

“We will continue to use the courts over and over again to protect our rights!” Ms. Fuhrman concluded. “ We will never give in! We will never give up!”

The rally is being organized by Friends of Nelson. Additional affected property owners will be available for comment.