Category Archives: Take Action

Dominion and the AT (Yes, Again Please!)

We are told that Dominion will be trying very hard in the last weeks of this Congressional session to persuade members of Congress to ignore the pending Supreme Court process and adopt legislation to immediately permit the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and future natural gas pipelines through our national forests and across the Appalachian Trail.

Please (yet again!) contact your Congressional Representative and Senators Warner and Kaine and ask them to watch for and oppose – and ask their leadership to oppose – any rider or amendment to a congressional bill or continuing resolution that would allow Dominion to bypass the case to be heard before the Supreme Court on February 24, 2020.

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

Join Us: Friends of Nelson Annual Meeting

Join us on Sunday January 12, 2020, at Rockfish Valley Community Center from 6-10 p.m. for our annual meeting and potluck. We’ll vote on Board members and officers for 2020, review our 2019 accomplishments, talk about plans for 2020, and enjoy being together. Local favorites Kim and Jimbo Carey will provide our music. Beer, wine, cider – and potluck dinner!

Bring friends, bring family, bring your potluck dish, and come help us usher in a new decade!

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