Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

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Posted June 26, 2015

Safeguard America's Resources

Fact Sheets:


Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Fracking Waste

Fracking Lease Risks

Social Impacts of Gas Fracking

Liquefied Natural Gas Export Terminals+Pipelines+Fracking Equals MORE FRACKING PIPELINES!

Natural Gas Compressor Stations
Air Pollution, Explosions and Fires

Opportunities for Action Environmental Permits

What's All The Fuss About Fracking? - an update

Chemical Disclosure Resolution Template to Protect Local Right-to-Know

BREDL has drafted a resolution template calling for full disclosure of chemicals to be used, stored, and transported at fracking sites, and we hope that groups across the state will adopt this resolution so that it can be presented to local governments in with support from their respective communities. The resolution is designed to be passed among organizations and local governments who can write in their own names and official status. We are asking that local groups adopt and share the resolution widely as an organizing tool in your communities.

Resolution Template
Resolution signed by BREDL Board

BREDL Timeline

NEW! Browse the Archives on our Interactive Timeline

BREDL Reflections

BREDL video clips    BREDL Reflections
- short videos of BREDL reflections

BREDL Merchandise

BREDL 30th Anniversary Merchandise is now available online at BREDL Shop


Help BREDL hold Duke Energy accountable for the responsible management of their toxic waste. Please sign BREDL's petition to tell NC Gov. McCrory: "Don't Dump Coal Ash on Our Communities!"

Don''t Dump Coal Ash Petition

Coal Ash Disposition
The Alternative for North Carolina

BREDL's technical report which details the dangers of landfilling coal ash and recommends the proven saltstone technology for the coal ash at Duke Energy's fourteen power plants. The report entitled "Coal Ash Disposition: The Alternative for North Carolina," describes the saltstone technology which would encase the coal ash waste and isolate the toxins from the soil, air and water.

View BREDL Technical Report

BREDL In the News
30th Anniversary

Read The Jefferson Post article: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League turns 30

Read The Mountain Times article: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League turns 30

Read the Watauga Democrat article: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense celebrates 30 years

No Fracking In Stokes

No Trespassing Sign

Hydrofracking: No Trespassing No Seismic Testing Sign to post on your property

No Trespassing Sign

What's All The Fuss About Fracking?

This BREDL report highlights the main issues with hydrofracking. Updated December 2013

Download the Report

League Fund

Honors Founder

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Board of Directors has recently approved the establishment of a fund to honor the work of Janet Marsh Zeller, who founded the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and served as its executive director for 28 years. Since July 2012, Janet has acted as a consultant to the BREDL Board Executive Committee. The honorary fund is a current fund (as opposed to an endowment fund) which will support the ongoing mission of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League. It will be a continuing fund, with individual gifts accepted throughout the year. All donations to BREDL are tax-deductible.

More Details | Donate to Fund

BREDL Chapters

BREDL welcomes these new chapters:

Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump (Chatham Co., NC) - April 2015

Preserve Franklin (Franklin Co., VA) - December 2014

Preserve Roanoke (Roanoke Co., VA) - November 2014

Tri-State Concerned Citizens (Tishomingo Co., MS) - October 2014

Citizens Preserving Floyd County (Floyd Co., VA) - October 2014

Watauga Citizens for Local Control (Watauga Co., NC) - August 2014

Concerned Citizens of Richmond County (Richmond Co., NC) - February 2014

Safeguard America's Resources

"Hands Across Our Land"

View Press Releases, Videos and Photos from the "Hands Across Our Land" August 18, 2015 events.

Coal Ash

League Spotlight - Coal Ash Forum in Lee and Chatham counties

At the forum, Esther Calhoun, leader of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice, said:

“I'm here to encourage the people of Lee and Chatham counties. I'm here to tell them there is a chance. There is hope. It's not a done deal. They can win this fight if they stand together. Sticking together and gathering in large numbers can change a lot.”

Coal Ash

Groups File Legal Challenge to Duke Energy's Coal Ash Dumping Plans

July 6, 2015: Charging that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) acted arbitrarily and capriciously by issuing permits for two proposed coal ash dumps in Lee and Chatham Counties, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump (CCACAD), and EnvironmentaLEE (ELEE) filed a petition for a contested case hearing with the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) today.

BREDL Press Release | Petition

Clean Air

BREDL Letter regarding special use permit for
asphalt plant in Lithonia, Georgia

June 30, 2015: Today BREDL and its local chapter CHASE recommended that officials in Dekalb County Georgia order a Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) study to assess impacts of a proposed asphalt plant in Lithonia.  DRIs are done for projects likely to have regional effects beyond local government jurisdiction. Pollution from an asphalt plant would have a negative impact on the Atlanta area, which is already designated as being in non-attainment for national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for PM-2.5 and ozone.

BREDL Letter

Safeguard America's Resources

League Demands that the FERC Extend Comment Period
Hold Additional Public Hearings

June 18, 2015: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) made a specific demand to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its comments on Wednesday, June 16, the stated deadline for the FERC public comment period. The organization made it clear in their comments that the FERC needs to offer additional public hearings and a 90-day extension of the scoping comment deadline regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

BREDL Press Release

BREDL Comments to FERC regarding
Mountain Valley Pipeline EIS

June 16, 2015: The pipeline projects outlined in this pre-filing docket represent a massive assault on the environment and the communities along the proposed routes. Moreover, the impacts of extraction, transport and combustion of the fossil fuel which natural gas is will add to the devastating impacts of fossil fuel extraction, transportation and utilization on the entire planet.

Read BREDL Comments

Coal Ash

BREDL Comments on draft permits for the
Lee and Chatham County coal ash landfills

May 16, 2015: "The applicant and the Department have failed to address important environmental, public health and safety, and statutory concerns. The permit application is deficient and should be denied."

Read BREDL Comments

Coal Ash

Groups Urge North Carolina Department Of Environment And Natural Resources To Nix Duke Energy's Coal Ash Plans

May 19, 2015: Raleigh- Citing incomplete information, flouting of state law, ignoring public health and environmental justice concerns, and lack of compliance reviews mandated by state law, four environmental groups urged the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to deny Duke Energy’s plan to dump up to 20 million tons of dangerous coal ash in Lee and Chatham Counties. Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), NC WARN, Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump and EnvironmentaLEE filed the comments with DENR as the comment period closed.

Read Press Release

Safeguard America's Resources

Pipeline? No! by Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy (WACE) - This video is just one of may tools WACE has created over the past couple of months (billboard on I-75, yard signs, flyers, panel discussions, tables at events, radio shows, etc.) to help residents of Alabama, Georgia and Florida in their fight against an insane pipeline project that in the end can only benefit the very few exporting natural gas to Europe and Asia ... because we are witnessing a solar energy revolution unfold in the Southeast that will make natural gas even less attractive than it already is, and not just because of its connection to fracking.

Safeguard America's Resources

BREDL comments to FERC on Mountain Valley Pipeline

May 7, 2015: The Mountain Valley Pipeline would be a massive assault on the environment and the communities along the proposed routes. Our members live along those routes. The impacts of extraction, transport and combustion of the fossil fuel which is natural gas would have devastating impacts on local communities, on Virginia, on the nation and, indeed, on the entire planet. Therefore, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is calling for community veto of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

BREDL Comments

Coal Ash

Saltstone DOE Fact Sheet

EPA regulations for coal ash disposal are weak and dumping coal ash into landfills is absolutely wrong! Alternative solutions are needed.

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has proposed an alternative coal ash disposal method called “Saltstone,” which is developed by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to isolate hazardous waste for safe, permanent storage.

BREDL Fact Sheet

Safeguard America's Resources

No Pipeline! Press Conference in Fayetteville, NC with C3V - Cumberland County citizens take ACTION to preserve the rights of property owners and to oppose the “Fracking” Atlantic Coast Pipeline. - April 28, 2015

Safeguard America's Resources

BREDL comments to FERC on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

April 28, 2015: Recent census data compiled by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League indicate that there would be disproportionate impacts on minority communities and families living at or below the poverty level in the areas in Virginia and North Carolina targeted for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, resulting in an environmental injustice spanning two states. 

BREDL Comments

Safeguard America's Resources

Zeller: Why we need a local veto on pipelines

April 26, 2015: By Louis A. Zeller, executive director of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

Local veto over natural gas pipelines? Yes!

Veto power is essential to democratic rule. Indeed, the ancient Romans conceived the veto to protect citizens of the republic from the aristocrats in the Senate. In fact, the word veto is Latin for “I forbid.” At the founding of the United States, Alexander Hamilton argued for the veto as a “check upon the legislative body” to guard against the special interests of his day.

What the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League means by “community veto” over pipelines is the lawful conduct of public bodies to safeguard the health and welfare of the inhabitants within its boundaries. All Virginia counties are so empowered.

Read Full Op-ed: on the Roanoke Times website or on our website

Safeguard America's Resources

Landowner’s Rights Violated by
Mountain Valley Pipeline Survey Crews

April 9, 2015: Recently, survey crews have been seen in Franklin County on property they did not have permission to enter. Carolyn Reilly, whose land was wrongly surveyed, said, "This is a violation. We mailed a certified letter to the Mountain Valley Pipeline Project Manager denying permission to survey our family’s land." Reilly said there were strips of blue survey tape tied to trees and shrubs near Teels Creek, which runs through her property.

BREDL Press Release
Blue survey tape near Teels Creek: Photo 1, Photo 2

Spring 2015

The League Line: Spring 2015 issue is now available online.

What if Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!

Sign the Petition

Make Radiation Visible Petition

Bellefonte Efficiency & Sustainability Team (BEST) Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation (MATRR) - Because It Matters

What's the lowdown on nuclear power?

Mad Science

Check out this new book by Joe Mangano: "Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment"

BREDL Fact Sheets

Most Recent:

March 2014: BREDL Fact Sheet: "Don't Dump Coal Ash on our Communities"

Jan. 2014: BREDL Fact Sheet - Nuclear Power $$$ - Higher electric rates for you, lower taxes and higher dividends for the power company

Toxic chemicals at Hyde Park - A Fact Sheet on Human Health Hazards

Oct. 2013: BREDL Fact Sheet - Split Estates and Property Rights - What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Sept. 2013: BREDL Fact Sheet - Duke Plans to Increase Toxic Air Pollution at Richmond County Turbines

April 2013: BREDL Fact Sheet - (no)waste confidence! Nuclear Waste Rule

April 2013: BREDL Fact Sheet - Penrose Biomass Technology proposed near Brevard, NC

March 2013: BREDL Fact Sheet - North Star Jefferson biomass and tire burner proposed for Wadley, Georgia

More Fact Sheets:

A chronological list of Fact Sheets can be found on our
BREDL Fact Sheets page.

Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world. View the video.

BREDL Partners
with TERC

TERC is partnering with environmental action groups in twelve states to advance the quantitative literacy skills needed to understand and solve pressing environmental problems.

More about this partnership


Soil Sampling

BREDL video clips   BREDL's Chapter the Neighborhood Environment Watch [NEW] in Alamance Co, NC gives some tips on soil sampling practices Watch Video

Social Connection

The League Line

BREDL's Spring 2015 newsletter available online

The LEAGUE LINE: Spring 2015

- Cover: The Fracking Venomous Snake by Pastor Cary Rodgers
- Cover: Imminent Exports through Eminent Domain? NO! by Mara Robbins
- Director's Report: Local veto over natural gas pipelines? Yes! by Louis Zeller
- Environmental Justice and Coal Ash Disposal - North Carolina's New PCBs? by Therese Vick
- Summer 2015 BREDL Stanback Interns, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
Spring 2015
- Nuclear Update: Waste Confidence Challenge by Louis Zeller
- Chapter Update: BEST/MATRR by Garry Morgan
- Drill, Baby, Drill Nuclear Style by Sandy Kurtz
- Environmental Justice Through The Hyde Park Relocation Plan by Rev. Charles Utley
- Congratulations to BREDL Chapters for Receiving TERC Mini-Grants by Kate Dunnagan
- Fire! Fire! Fire! - Landowner's Rights Violated by Mountain Valley Pipeline Survey Crews by Mara Robbins
- Preserve Roanoke's Float in St. Patrick's Day Parade: The Lorax by Getra Hanes-Selph
- League Calls for Local Control Across the Southeast by Kate Dunnagan
- Updates from Safeguard America's Resources Campaign and Feb. 12 Day of Action

Life around Sanford NC with a coal ash threat - Video by EnvironmentaLEE

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is a regional, community-based, non-profit environmental organization. Our founding principles are earth stewardship, environmental democracy, social justice, and community empowerment.