Category Archives: Take Action

LAST CHANCE! Comments Due Today to DEQ

11:59 pm today, Friday, June 15, 2018 is the deadline for submitting comments to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality on the adequacy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers NWP 12 program for stream crossings of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Written comments may be submitted via hand-delivery to DEQ, 1111 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219; via postal mail to DEQ, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218; or via e-mail at the following email address(es) ONLY – emails and attachments sent to other email addresses or internet sites will not be considered:

Additional information here.

June 15 Deadline for Comments to DEQ


Because the Department of Environmental Quality Web site was offline between May 22, 2018, and June 1, 2018, the new deadline for submitting comments on the adequacy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers NWP 12 program for stream crossings of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline is Friday, June 15, 2018.

This means you can continue to send your comments to DEQ! The email addresses for comments are:

You must reference specific water bodies in your comments.   Friends of Nelson has posted the chart of ACP crossings here

For additional instructions, suggestions on what to say, and postal addresses for comments, see our earlier posts on:

Festival of the [Monacan] River


The Virginia River Healers have been invited to demonstrate at the Festival of the River in Richmond! Please join them on Saturday June 9, 2018, at 2:30pm. They will be using their presence to call attention to the threats of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline. Show up and raise your voice for water justice! Show up and let Dominion and DEQ know how angry we all. DEQ and Dominion are sponsors of this 3 day festival for the river so let’s make a strong presence on Saturday.

When: Saturday, June 9th, meet at 2:30pm
Where: Meet at the steps of the 7th street bridge on Browns Island. Richmond, VA

Virginia River Healers will have signs and banners ready to go and will be marching and demanding justice for our waters! This includes a call for Dominion Energy to stop work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and from horizontally drilling the so called James River for a fracked gas pipeline. At this very moment Dominion Energy and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are preparing to horizontally drill the river, a source of drinking water for over 3 million people.

Virginia River Healers asks everyone in attendance to refer to the James River as the Monacan River and use this festival to also acknowledge the history of colonization and violence that has existed on this land long before the corporate violence of Dominion Energy and these pipelines.

Parking can be found at the corner of 5th and Tredegar St.

Circle of Protection, Sundays from 1-2


Join the Circle of Protection, Sundays from 1-2 pm, a weekly interfaith prayer vigil to protect Buckingham County from the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the proposed Union Hill ACP Compressor Station.

June 3, 2018, will feature music from Graham (creator of the Sun Bus) http://solarpoweredmusic.com/ , a story from cultural anthropologist Lakshmi Fjord, PhD, Buckingham County resident and original member of Yogaville, and a loaves and fishes potluck at 2 in the church basement.

The vigils are open air on the grounds of Union Hill Baptist Church, 1496 Union Hill Road (State Route 663), Buckingham, VA. Details/directions for the event at Circle of Protection. It is a good idea to print out directions for the event before setting forth, as reception can be vague in certain parts of the county.

1,000 Streams, 800 Wetlands: Send Your Comments


The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline will cut through 1,000 streams and rivers and damage almost 800 acres of wetlands in Virginia, traversing rugged mountain terrain, steep slopes, and sensitive habitats, threatening water sources for both rural and urban Virginians.

Take action to tell Governor Northam and his state agencies to halt construction on these pipelines and require complete stream-by-stream analysis of their impact on water quality.

Governor Northam and his Department of Environmental Quality are asking for public comments on the impacts these pipelines will have on Virginia’s water quality — and they need to hear from you.

Comment period ends at midnight on May 30, 2018.

Send your comments to DEQ (instructions and addresses here).

Note: As of this writing (8 am on May 25) the DEQ Website has been completely down and offline since May 22. This causes a significant problem for people who are trying to use DEQ’s chart to find the official identifiers so that they can reference the specific crossings that they want to comment on. Friends of Nelson has posted the chart of ACP crossings here. You consider submitting comments through the USPS if the website problem persist.

Call the Governor’s office and demand a halt to construction until stream-by-stream analysis on construction impact is complete: 804-786-2211

Sign a petition (or sign all of them!) asking for stream-buy-stream impact studies:

Little Pink House: Special Showing

WHERE: The Regal Stonefield, 1954 Swanson Dr, Charlottesville
WHEN: Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Tickets are $12 general admission, and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Friends of Nelson. You must buy your tickets online; no tickets will be sold at the door. Purchase tickets here: https://www.tugg.com/events/little-pink-house-dauw

Based on a true story, a small-town paramedic named Susette Kelo leaves a bad marriage, and starts over in a new town. She buys a rundown cottage with a gorgeous water view. She fixes it up and paints it pink. Then she discovers powerful politicians want to bulldoze her blue-collar neighborhood for the benefit of a multi-billion dollar corporation. With the help of a young lawyer named Scott Bullock, Susette emerges as the reluctant leader of her neighbors in an epic battle that goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, inspires a nation, and helps millions of Americans protect their homes.

In 2005, the nation was shocked by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Kelo vs. New London. In the judgment, the court said that a local government could forcibly seize people’s homes, through eminent domain, in order to transfer the property to a major corporation for development. The response was immediate. Across the country, states passed legislation and amended constitutions to curtail the power of eminent domain.  In 2012, the people of Virginia spoke out overwhelmingly when more than 2.6 million citizens (74.45% of votes cast) approved amending the state constitution to prohibit eminent domain from being invoked if the “primary use is for private gain, private benefit, private enterprise, increasing jobs, increasing tax revenue or economic development.”

Plaintiff Susette Kelo’s fight has been dramatized in this new film, Little Pink House, starring the brilliant, Oscar-nominated actress Catherine Keener as Kelo.

The film is being distributed in an unorthodox manner. Local people sign up to bring it to their town and, if enough tickets are sold, a screening proceeds at a selected local theater. We are pleased to announce that Doug Hornig has secured a showing of the film in Charlottesville:

WHERE: The Regal Stonefield, 1954 Swanson Dr, Charlottesville
WHEN: Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Tickets are $12 general admission, and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Friends of Nelson. You must buy your tickets online; no tickets will be sold at the door. Purchase tickets here: https://www.tugg.com/events/little-pink-house-dauw

Eminent domain is a hot button topic here in central Virginia, as Dominion intends to use it to seize private property for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Many of us have been fighting them for several years now, and continue to do so.

We hope to use this event to help educate the public about the importance of fighting eminent domain abuse. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A featuring: John Kramer – Institute for Justice, Chuck Lollar – Attorney specializing in eminent domain cases, Richard Averitt – Property owner impacted by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Joyce Burton – Board member, Friends of Nelson, a nonprofit dedicated to stopping this unnecessary pipeline.

Join us – and bring family, friends, and neighbors! We’ll see you there!