Archived Petitions

Friends of Nelson maintains a list of current online petitions on our Petitions page.  The following petitions are no longer active and are listed here for archival purposes.

  • Stop Fracked Gas Pipelines from Being Approved by FERC:  An online comment form provided by Delaware Riverkeeper and Stop the Pipelines that takes advantage of the current lack of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) quorum by urging representatives to oppose the appointment of any new FERC commissioners until Congress holds hearings investigating the many problems with FERC and institutes reforms for the agency.  Just fill in your contact information to immediately send a letter to your representative using Delaware Riverkeeper’s pre-written letter.
  • No Pipeline Through Our National Forests:  A petition sponsored by Wild Virginia that urges the Forest Service to not amend the Land and Resource Management Plan for the George Washington National Forest to create a new management area in the forest that would allow construction of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
  • Nelson residents and property owners only:  Ask the Board of Supervisors to approve the proposed amendments to our Floodplain Ordinance that will be coming before them shortly, and ask them to invite the Department of Conservation & Recreation to come to Nelson County to give a public flood plain workshop.  The Planning Commission spent several months fine-tuning the proposed amendments, and unanimously approved their recommendation to the Supervisors.  Click here to read the proposed amendments (as approved after the public hearing on June 22, 2016).
  • Tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:  Reject Pending Natural Gas Pipeline Permits:  A petition sponsored by Credo Action that calls for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reject the permits for all pending natural gas pipeline projects.
  • Stop the Rubber-Stamp for Oil and Gas Pipelines Through Virginia’s Waters:  A petition sponsored by Bold Alliance that allows you to sign on to the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition’s (DPMC’s) objection to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Quality Certification proposal, which would allow all utility projects (including the ACP) to be regulated under a generalized Nationwide 12 permit.  The DPMC has concluded that the Water Quality Certification would be illegal and would not protect Virginia’s waterbodies from the great variety of utility projects across the state.  Note:  the deadline for signing this petition is Friday, March 17th, 2017!
  • Tell FERC: No Atlantic Coast Pipeline:  An online comment form provided by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network that allows you to send a comment to FERC about the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the ACP.  The form provides a pre-written letter to FERC that you can edit to add your own comments about the DEIS and how the pipeline would impact you.
  • Stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline:  An online comment form provided by the Sierra Club that makes it easy for you to submit a comment to FERC in opposition to the ACP.  The form provides a pre-written letter to FERC, which points out the failings of FERC’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the ACP and calls for FERC to withdraw and revise the DEIS, along with a comment box through which you can add a personal message to FERC.
  • Add Your Name to Appalachian Voices’ Letter to FERC:  Appalachian Voices is sending a letter to FERC to oppose the ACP and to point out the many failures in FERC’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS).  You can sign on to these comments by adding your name in support.
  • Tell Dominion:  Stop Holding Virginia Back!:  A petition sponsored by the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club that urges Dominion to make clean energy a priority in Virginia.
  • President Obama: Veto the Dirty Energy Bill!: A petition sponsored by Food & Water Watch urging President Obama to VETO the Energy Policy Modernization Act recently passed in the senate. While virtually ignoring renewables like wind and solar, and gutting some useful energy efficiency programs, the bill expedites approval for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities to ship more fracked gas abroad. Not only would increased fracked gas exports put more communities in harm’s way, we are also running out of time to act to limit the impacts of climate change.
  • Join the Rubber Stamp Rebellion: Tell FERC “No New Permits!“:  A petition sponsored by Environmental Action and Beyond Extreme energy that demands that FERC stop rubber-stamping gas industry permit applications, change the way it operates, and prioritize the emergence of wind, solar, and other renewables above fossil fuels.
  • Please Do Not Allow the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Through Our National Forests: A petition sponsored by Wild Virginia that asks the United States Forest Service (USFS) to not amend the Land Resource and Management Plan (LRMP) for the George Washington National Forest to allow for a utility corridor for the Atlantic Coast pipeline. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will fragment our forests, erode and degrade mountains,and deliver pollution and sediment to our drinking watersheds and trout streams. It will negatively affect sensitive species and habitat, allow for the invasion of non-native species, and cross the Appalachian Trail.
  • Please Deny a Right-of-Way Permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline:  A petition sponsored by Wild Virginia that asks the Forest Service to deny a right-of-way permit to construct, operate, and maintain a natural gas pipeline on our National Forest system lands.
  • Virginia Needs Four New Fracked Gas Pipelines? Really?: Protect Virginians from Unnecessary Pipelines:  Contact Attorney General Mark Herring today and tell him to request a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) from FERC for reviews of all the proposed pipelines in Virginia.  This petition is sponsored by the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club. 
  • Dominion’s at It Again: Say NO to Another Fracked Gas Project:  Submit comments to the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), asking them to reject Dominion’s request for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for its proposed 1600-megawatt Greensville County power plant.  Dominion intends to connect the ACP to this new proposed plant as a redundant source of fuel (FERC approved the Transco Southside Expansion pipeline in 2014 to serve both this proposed Greensville plant and the one they are building in Brunswick–96% of that pipeline’s [Transco Southside] capacity was contracted for these two plants).  Comments are due by Tuesday, January 5th.
  • Ask FERC for a PEIS for All Proposed Virginia Pipelines:  A petition that asks Representative C. Matthew Fariss to send a letter to FERC requesting that they complete a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the Atlantic Coast Project and the other pipelines proposed for this region.  If you are a constituent of Representative Fariss, please sign this petition!
  • Urge FERC for a PEIS on All Virginia Pipelines:  A petition that asks Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell to send a letter to FERC requesting that they complete a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the Atlantic Coast Project and the other pipelines proposed for this region.  If you are a constituent of Delegate Bell, please sign this petition!
  • FERC’s Blatant Bias and Pro-Pipeline Operations Need Independent Investigation and Reform:  A petition sponsored by Delaware Riverkeeper calling for independent investigation and reform of FERC.  The petition urges Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren to request such a review from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
  • Nelson County Board of Supervisors: Update Our Floodplain Ordinance with Higher Standards:  A petition to the Nelson County Board of Supervisors urging them to update Nelson’s floodplain ordinance as soon as possible.  Nelson County’s floodplain ordinance has not been updated since 1977.  While the current ordinance meets minimum standards, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation recommend enacting “Higher Standards” in floodplain ordinances when a county’s history or local conditions warrant greater prudence and protection.  Hurricane Camille devastated Nelson County, and many of our floodplains contain High Risk Flood Hazard Areas, as defined by the American Society of Civil Engineers. These factors indicate, as the petition states, that defining and prohibiting critical facilities and hazardous materials in the floodplain is vital to protect Nelson’s safety, lower flood insurance premiums, and decrease the county’s liability in the event of a major flood.
  • Fix the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) First:  A petition calling on federal legislators, the President, and the Inspector General of the Department of Energy to examine and revise FERC’s policies and procedures to put communities before private profit, make FERC independent from the industries it regulates, weigh the cumulative impacts of fossil fuel infrastructure projects, encourage renewable energy development and discourage fossil fuel development, and hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for clean air and water standards.
  • Federal Agency Representatives and Officials: Tell FERC to Do a PEIS for Virginia Pipelines:  A petition to urge FERC to conduct a single, comprehensive regional review of all four proposed natural gas pipeline projects.
  • Nelson County Board of Supervisors: Petition FERC and Officials for a PEIS for the ACP:  Ask the Nelson County Board of Supervisors to petition the Governor and Virginia officials to ask FERC to conduct a PEIS for the ACP.
  • CCAN Petition: Tell FERC to Conduct a Comprehensive Review of All Proposed Gas Pipeline Projects in Virginia:  A petition by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network asking FERC to complete a single, comprehensive, regional review of all four pipeline projects that Dominion and its allies want to build through our region.