Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

No Trespassing, No Surveying Sign

Pipeline: No Trespassing No Surveying Sign to post on your property. For use in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina

No Trespassing Sign

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


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

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:

Citizens for Arsenal Accountability (Blacksburg, VA) - April 2017

Halifax and Northampton Concerned Stewards (Halifax Co. and Northampton Co., NC) - December 2016

Concern for the New Generation (Buckingham Co., VA) - November 2016

Protect Our Water! (Nelson Co., VA) - June 2016

Elmwood Strong (Iredell Co., NC) - June 2016

Nash Stop the Pipeline (Nash Co., NC) - May 2016

Earth Allies (Frederick, Warren & Clarke Co., VA) - May 2016

No ACP/Virginia People’s Climate (Richmond, VA) - February 2016

Cumberland County Caring Voices (C3V) (Cumberland Co., NC) - February 2016

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The League Sends Request to NC Governor
to halt Permitting on ACP

April 10, 2017: Gov. Cooper, on behalf of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and our North Carolina chapters Nash Stop the Pipeline, Cumberland County Caring Voices, Wilson County No Pipeline, No Pipeline Johnston County, and Concerned Stewards of Halifax County, I request that you take immediate executive action halting all permitting by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state agencies until an investigation takes place into the continually changing circumstances surrounding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Letter to NC Governor

Safeguard America's Resources

April 4 to 11

Tour Updates: Stop The Pipeline - Roll Back Pollution Tour Page

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and chapters will take to the highways and byways of North Carolina and Virginia for eight days in April on a barnstorming tour of communities threatened by natural gas pipelines. The Stop The Pipeline—Roll Back Pollution campaign will feature Lois Marie Gibbs, the national leader of the grassroots environmental movement since 1981. The roadshow will track the routes of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

BREDL Press Release

Daily public events and press conferences

Clean Water

Residents Call for New Environmental Secretary to
Protect New River

Feb. 17, 2017: Today, in a letter to North Carolina Environmental Secretary Michael Regan, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League called for enforcement of pollution laws on the New River. Photographs taken by League members revealed ongoing silt and sedimentation pollution from a quarry washing into the South Fork of the river in an apparent violation of state mining and water quality regulations. Harry Corpening, a member of the League’s local chapter Protect Our Fresh Air, who used a drone to obtain aerial photos, said “We will continue to post on our website photographic evidence of the negative impacts of this quarry on the second oldest river in the world.”

Press Release | Letter to NC DEQ
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The League comments on DOE's Request for Information on Private Initiatives for Consolidated Interim Storage Facilities

Jan. 27, 2017: The Department of Energy request contemplates pilot-scale and large-scale facilities. The DOE pointedly refers to potential host and nearby communities, private operators and existing nuclear waste facility operators responding to this Request for Information. The Department’s integrated waste management systems include both pilot interim storage facilities and much larger consolidated interim storage facilities.

BREDL Comments

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Multistate Groups' Legal Move
Calls for Do-Over on Pipeline Impact

On Monday, January 23, 2017 Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), BREDL chapters and other environmental groups filed a motion with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to rescind and/or supplement the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) the agency released on December 30, 2016. The need for this action became clear after Dominion and its partners (including Duke Energy) in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline added thousands of pages of additional information obviously prepared before the DEIS was issued, on January 10, 2017. The motion also requests that the FERC “hold the public comment period in abeyance” until the supplemental DEIS is issued.

Press Release

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Union Hill Residents Meet with EPA To Continue Fight Against Atlantic Coast Pipeline Compressor Station

Jan. 11, 2017: Buckingham County, VA—Members of Concern for the New Generation (CNG), a grassroots group from the Union Hill and Union Grove communities, will take a 6-hour drive to Philadelphia Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 to meet with representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region III . The group will request that the EPA step in to protect the people who live close to the proposed plant site.

BREDL Advisory | BREDL Letter to EPA

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All Pipeline Options Rejected by Mountain Organizations Environmental Impact Statement Fatally Flawed

Dec. 22, 2016: Today, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), in comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, called upon the agency to select the no-build option for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. In its analysis of the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, BREDL found many flaws and a lack of thorough study and documentation, from erosion and sedimentation to electromagnetic effects when pipelines are near high voltage electric lines.

BREDL Press Release | BREDL Comments on DEIS

Safeguard America's Resources | Clean Air

Report on Air and Noise Pollution Reveals Fatal Flaws in Permit for Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station

Dec. 14, 2016: The report, subtitled “Unfair, Illegal and Unjust,” concludes that the Buckingham County Planning Commission failed with respect to its legal obligation to ensure that the facility does not have a disproportionate impact on Buckingham’s African American community.

BREDL Press Release | BREDL Pollution Report


EPA Should Hold Industry Financially Accountable
for its Toxic Messes

Nov. 15, 2016: It's well past time for EPA to fulfill its mandate under Superfund to ensure that industries handling hazardous substances have the resources to conduct timely and comprehensive cleanups. We teach our children to clean up their own messes—it’s time industry did the same.

BREDL Letter to EPA

Safeguard America's Resources

“Woven Gaze: Eyes of the Earth” Project Unveiled

Oct. 27, 2016: Franklin County, Virginia— Today, artists, landowners, and eco-activists celebrated the launch of Woven Gaze: Eyes of the Earth. Conceived by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), the unveiling of the project involved many coordinated efforts of people throughout the region; leadership for this launch included Steve and Anne Bernard, Kelly Love and Carolyn Reilly.

BREDL Press Release

Clean Air

BREDL Calls for EPA to Respond to Petitions

Oct. 24, 2016: In our experience, the petitioning of the US Environmental Protection Agency under Title V of the Clean Air Act is an unsatisfactory procedural exercise with an unacceptable outcome. EPA response has been slow to non-existent. The deadlines required of the public to file petitions are cast in concrete, but the statutory deadlines applying to the agency are written in sand. The EPA should view petitioners as allies, not as adversaries. Our comments include highlights from three petitions in which state agencies failed to adhere to federal law.

BREDL Letter to EPA

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Pipeline Opponents Say County Deceived Residents
Demand NO Easement Agreement

Oct. 18, 2016: Franklin County, VA – Today at a public hearing, opponents of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline presented their arguments against an easement agreement to the Franklin County Board of Supervisors. Many landowners expressed outrage at the deception by the Board about its position on the agreement.

Preserve Franklin Press Release

Nuclear - Plant Vogtle

The League files Appeal of Plant Vogtle Decision

Oct. 11, 2016: Hydrogen created during an accident in a nuclear power plant can explode. Hydrogen igniters are supposed to burn the gas before it reaches dangerous levels. But rather than performing a rigorous analysis as required by federal law and common sense, Southern Nuclear chose to modify its design by adding two hydrogen igniters in a “likely area” based on personal “judgment” of its engineers. Reliance on engineering judgment instead of rigorous testing and analysis creates uncertainty and compromises plant safety.

BREDL Appeal

Winter 2017

The League Line: Winter 2017 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:

Updated Aug 2016 BREDL Fact Sheet - Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station, Buckingham County, VA

May 2016: BREDL Unequal Protection Fact Sheet The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Discriminatory Laws & Regulations

April 2016 BREDL Fact Sheet - Small Modular Reactors

Sept. 2015 BREDL Fact Sheet - Appalachian Materials, LLC Proposed Asphalt Plant in Glendale Springs, NC.

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

More Fact Sheets:

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

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


Social Connection

The League Line

BREDL's Winter 2017 newsletter available online

The LEAGUE LINE: Winter 2017

- Cover/Director's Report: The Way Forward by Lou Zeller
- BREDL Chapter Concern for the New Generation Vows to Continue Fight Against Compressor Station by Sharon Ponton
- Farm Aid Funds for BREDL by Carolyn Reilly
Winter 2017
- Six out of Eight and Growing to Stop the ACP by Pastor Cary Rodgers
- In North Carolina, Lee County Wins Key Coal Ash Struggle by Therese Vick
- Nuclear Campaign at Plant Vogtle Update by Lou Zeller
- The Fight for Justice Continues by Charles Utley
- How to Save the World - Join the North Carolina Climate Solutions Coaltion by Dr. Harvard Ayers
- Divestment, A History and Strategic Overview by Michael James-Deramo

BREDL and Concerned Citizens of Richmond County Press Conference - On October 8, 2015 Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and Concerned Citizens of Richmond County stood in front of the HQ of NCDENR in Raleigh, NC to announce that they have renewed their citizen's lawsuit against EPA and the state's permit for failure to properly regulate Duke Energy's Turbines in Hamlet, NC. The citizens of Richmond county are already being harmed with excessive amounts of air pollution from Duke's power plant.

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.