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.
BREDL 30th Anniversary Merchandise is now available online at BREDL Shop
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.
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.
Watauga Citizens for Local Control (Watauga Co., NC) - August 2014
Concerned Citizens of Richmond County (Richmond Co., NC) - February 2014
Citizens for a Healthy and Safe Environment (Lithonia, GA) - December 2013
No Fracking In Stokes (Stokes Co., NC) - October 2013
Concerned Citizens of Trade (Johnson Co., TN) - June 2013
Save Linville Gorge Wilderness (Burke Co., NC) - April 2013
People for Clean Mountains (Transylvania Co., NC) - April 2013
Hyde Park Relocation
GROUP RELEASES "WAITING IN A CESSPOOL" Calls for Prompt Action to Evacuate Remaining Residents
Sept. 3, 2014: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has called upon officials in Augusta to take immediate steps to move the families still living in the contaminated Hyde Park neighborhood to safer housing. In a letter addressed to the mayor, Charles Utley, Augusta resident and Campaign Director for BREDL, said, “The residents Hyde Park seek only justice and fulfillment of promises made. We are appealing to you to use the power of your office to protect public health and safety. We started this project, let’s finish it.”
In 1969 the Richmond County Health Department advised residents of Hyde Park their well water was unsafe because of industrial pollution. Four decades later, relocation of the community was finally approved. However, only half of the 130 families have been moved to safety. The video essay, “Waiting in a Cesspool” tells the story of those who have been left behind. Hyde Park residents seek only justice and fulfillment of promises made.
Legislation Sets Up Randolph County to be Coal Ash Dump Waste Management, Inc. bets on coal ash disposal revenue
Aug. 28, 2014: Raleigh-The proposed Randolph County regional landfill could now be at risk from recent
state legislation on the disposal of thousands of tons of coal ash.
Randolph County has chosen Waste Management Inc. to be its contractor to operate the
proposed landfill. The county’s operating agreement with the company specifically includes
“power generation” residues, or coal ash. BREDL organizer Therese Vick said, “Waste
Management is banking on the disposal of coal ash. Randolph County is putting itself at risk to
be a dump for the industry’s coal ash problem.” Coal ash contains toxic heavy metals which
have caused severe problems at other Subtitle D landfills, Vick added, “Coal ash does not belong
in a municipal solid waste landfill.”
League Calls Upon Mining Commission to Hold Additional Hearings on Fracking
Aug. 25, 2014: Reidsville- Today, in a statement to the NC Mining and Energy Commission, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) demanded that the state the hold additional hearings on the rules for hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina. BREDL’s objections to the hearing process centered on the lack of public participation. The statement, delivered in testimony before the MEC public hearing in Reidsville, said that the current hearing process does not allow all citizens to publicly address the commission, that each hearing is limited to only four hours and that many attendees who sign up to speak are arbitrarily eliminated.
League Initiates Legal Action Petitioning Mining and Energy Commission to Protect Communities From Fracking Air Emissions
Raleigh, North Carolina-August 8, 2014: Today Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) presented the Mining and
Energy Commission (MEC) with a formal petition requesting that the MEC develop rules to
control and monitor air emissions from fracking sites.
The League's petition points to the need for action, stating: "Air emissions from
hydraulic fracturing are affecting public health in other states. The recommendation and
adoption of the Rule would protect the residents who may find themselves in proximity to gas
fracking operations in North Carolina."
Final public hearing on oil and gas rules moved to different location at Western Carolina University - A Sept. 12 public hearing devoted to North Carolina's oil and gas rules is being moved to another spot on the Western Carolina University campus – the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center, 92 Catamount Road.
5 pm - 9 pm Sept. 12 at the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center 92 Catamount Road Cullowhee
Comment Period has been extended. Now, the public comment period ends at 5 p.m. Sept. 30, 2014.
BREDL comments on draft permit for the Richmond County Duke Energy Progress Combustion Turbine Facility
The negative impacts of the Duke Energy Progress fossil fuel power plant in Hamlet, NC, on health, livelihood and well-being of local residents require immediate attention. The Richmond power plant is located in a county with a high percentage of African American residents and a high number of people below poverty level. Environmental justice law indicates that the disproportionate impacts of air pollution should be offset by greater attention to pollution sources and the reduction of air pollution wherever possible.
Piedmont Natural Gas Wadesboro Compressor Station permit
The Piedmont Natural Gas compressor station is located in Wadesboro, North Carolina. Power for the compressor is provided by eight internal combustion engines, each rated at 4,735 hp. Annual emissions of CO2e are 203 thousand tons per year, plus over 8 tons of formaldehyde and other pollutants. Why would anyone believe that natural gas is a substitute for other fossil fuels?
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League provides a presentation on fracking in Brevard, NC. Presented by BREDL chapter People for Clean Mountains (www.peopleforcleanmountains.org) and the Pisgah Chapter of the Sierra Club. Filmed by Michael C. Trufant for CRUNCH Media (www.crunch-media.com).
LOCAL ORDINANCES What North Carolina Counties Can Do to Protect Residents from Polluting Industries
North Carolina law grants authority to all counties the power to adopt ordinances under NC General Statute § 153A-121. This is also referred to as the counties’ police power. Recent legislation approved by the NC General Assembly alters but does not end this power.
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- Cover: Will Fracking Come to Western North Carolina? Time to Take Action! by Louis Zeller
- BREDL Board of Directors Celebrate 30 Years of Grassroots Action by Kate Dunnagan
- Director's Report: Declarations of Justice by Louis Zeller
- Municipal Solid Waste Landfills are No Place for Coal Ash! by Therese Vick
- Water Hogs by Louis Zeller
- Duke University Stanback Internship Program
- Chapter Update: BEST/MATRR
- BREDL Receives $100,000 in Foundation Funding Awards by Kate Dunnagan
- Save Linville Gorge Wilderness Chapter initiatives by Lonnie and Sue Crotts
- Keeping a Watchful Eye On Savannah River Site by Rev. Charles Utley
- Interview Reflection in Lee County by Intern Shengyuan Su
On September 2, 2014, a public forum on hydrofracking was held in Franklin, NC, moderated by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, a co-sponsor of S786, the legislation that opened NC to fracking when it passed in June, 2014. Invited speakers on the panel were Commissioner Jim Womack of the Mining and Energy Commission, Therese Vick, Healthy Sustainable Campaign Coordinator at Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Sen. Andrew Brock, R-Davie, and Jeffrey Warren, science and energy adviser for the Office of the President Pro Tempore of the NC Senate. During the question-and-answer session, pre-written questions from the audience were randomly drawn. If you would like to read additional responses to the questions posed by the public at this forum, email Jim.Davis@ncleg.net with "fracking forum questions" in the subject line and ask to be added to the Q&A list. This forum was held in preparation for the Mining and Energy Commission hearing in Cullowhee on September 12, 6 p.m. at the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center, 92 Catamount Road, at Western Carolina University. Video courtesy of the Canary Coalition, a grassroots environmental non-profit organization based in Sylva, NC.
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