Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

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

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

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

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:

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

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

Coal Ash

BREDL comments on proposed
Colon and Brickhaven coal ash disposal sites

April 6, 2015: BREDL comments on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 404 permit applications under consideration for the proposed Colon and Brickhaven coal ash disposal sites.

BREDL Comments | % Minority Colon Coal Ash Disposal Site
% Brickhaven Colon Coal Ash Disposal Site

Coal Ash

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

Coal Ash

Group Launches Radio Ad Campaign Asking Governor McCrory to Stop Duke Energy Coal Ash Dumping Plan

Mar. 10, 2015: Raleigh- Joined by Lee and Chatham County residents, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) announced an ad campaign calling on the Governor to stop Duke Energy’s plan to dump millions of tons of dangerous coal ash into clay mines located in Lee and Chatham counties. The ads, featuring children singing "Ashes, ashes, we all fall down" will run over the next two weeks on News Radio WPTF, 680 AM.

BREDL Press Release
Listen to the Ads: Spot 1 | Spot 2 | Spot 3

Safeguard America's Resources

BREDL comments on Atlantic Coast Pipeline EIS

Mar. 9, 2015: The Atlantic Coast Pipeline represents 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 natural gas would have worldwide impact. Once the impacts are weighed, we believe the no action alternative—that is, the denial of the certificate of convenience and public necessity—will be the agency’s only recourse.

BREDL Comments

Plant Vogtle

BREDL comments on Plant Vogtle NPDES permit

March 3, 2015: Southern Company seeks a permit to discharge heated radioactive water from Plant Vogtle into the Savannah River.  BREDL has identified two issues of major concern: 1) The draft permit contains no effective heat discharge limits, and 2) The draft permit would allow 630 Curies of radioactivity to be discharged into the Savannah River annually. Public comment deadline in March 20, 2015.  Call us to find out more.

BREDL Comments

Safeguard America's Resources

Feb. 12, 2015 "Safeguard America's Resources" Montage Report

Safeguard America's Resources

Southern Community Groups Call for the Right to
Say No to Natural Gas Facilities
Campaign to Safeguard America’s Resources

Feb. 12, 2015: Today community groups in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia called for the establishment of local veto power over natural gas extraction, transport and use. At rallies, marches and other public events extending from Floyd, Virginia, across North Carolina to Valdosta, Georgia, people joined in a chorus of protests against pipelines, compressor stations, power plants, hydrofracking wells and waste dumps and for the restoration of property rights and local control over energy policy in the Southeast.

BREDL Press Release

Media Reports and Info from Feb. 12 Rallies | Feb. 12 Media Reports


BREDL Comments on Forest Service Survey Permit
for Proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

Feb. 7, 2015: BREDL opposes this temporary special use permit. Although the US Forest Service avers that a complete inventory of forest flora and fauna needs to be completed for this project, we believe that nothing good can come of allowing this pipeline to cross national forest lands. Moreover, this “temporary” permit is far from temporary.

BREDL Comments

Nuclear - WS Lee, North Anna

BREDL Petitions to Supplement Reactor
Environmental Impact Statements

Jan. 28, 2015: Contrary to federal law, the required environmental reviews for nuclear power stations proposed by Dominion in Louisa, VA, Duke Energy in Gaffney, SC and a half dozen others omit any reference to the NRC’s recently issued irradiated nuclear fuel storage analysis. Instead, they are directed to environmental analyses that have been outdated; or worse, vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for failure to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. Our petitions call for a full environmental assessment of the safety and public health risks of long term storage at the reactor sites.

View Petition to NRC

Coal Ash

Another North Carolina County
Targeted for Coal Ash Disposal
Anson County Identified in Duke Energy Excavation Plan

Jan. 14, 2015: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League released new information pointing to a commercial landfill in Anson County for coal ash disposal.  The information, obtained from Duke Energy's Riverbend and Sutton power plant coal ash excavation plans, states that "In the event the structural fill options are not available in Lee or Chatham County, the Anson County Landfill, a permitted solid waste landfill, has been identified as the alternate location."  The plan indicates that coal ash would be transported from the power plants to the landfill by rail.

Read BREDL Press Release

Investigation Points to Statewide Coal Ash Dumps
Should Clay Mines become Dumpsites?

Jan. 9, 2015: Raleigh- Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League revealed the locations of clay mines across North Carolina which could be targeted for coal ash disposal if abandoned clay mine dumping is approved by the state. The League generated a map showing nearly a hundred active and inactive clay mines located in over twenty counties, extending from Henderson County in the west to Dare County in the east with many in the piedmont.

Active and Inactive Clay Mines in North Carolina

Read BREDL Press Release | View BREDL Investigative Report


Group Launches Radiation Protection Project

Jan. 6, 2015: Today at a press conference in Augusta, a group launched a new program to protect residents from nuclear power plant accidents.  The group, Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff, will be meeting with residents of Augusta, Waynesboro and nearby communities within the emergency zone around the Plant Vogtle nuclear power station.  The project centers on one of the most dangerous pollutants, radioactive iodine, which can affect the thyroid gland.

BREDL Press Release

Coal Ash

US EPA Fails Communities with Coal Ash Recommendations

Jan. 2015: BREDL releases new fact sheet.

BREDL Fact Sheet

Winter 2015

The League Line: Winter 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


Social Connection

The League Line

BREDL's Winter 2015 newsletter available online

The LEAGUE LINE: Winter 2015

- Cover: Toxic Coal Ash-Coming Soon to a Backyard Near You? by Therese Vick
- Cover: Re-use of Coal Ash Re-introduces Contamination by Louis Zeller
- Director's Report: Are you Rosa Parks, or Claudette Colvin? by Louis Zeller
- EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! Citizens for a Healthy and Safe Environment celebrate a crucial VICTORY!!!!
- Chapter Update: Save Linville Gorge Wilderness by Sue Crotts
- League Expands Staff Fighting Pipelines in Southwest Virginia In 2015
Winter 2015
- A Tale of Three New Chapters, Organizing Against Pipelines in VA by Mara Robbins
- My story - a typical landowner in Franklin County by Natasha Laity-Snyder
- Battlelines Shift, the War Goes On by Fred First
- The Beginning of a New Era by Michael G. Noll
- Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff Launch First Potassium Iodide Workshop by Rev. Charles Utley
- BREDL 2014 Highlights Webstats
- Nuclear Campaign Updates
- How Can BREDL Support My Community? Letter from an ELEE Member by Terica Luxton

On Feb. 12, 2015, community groups in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia called for the establishment of local veto power over natural gas extraction, transport and use. At rallies, marches and other public events extending from Floyd, Virginia, across North Carolina to Valdosta, Georgia, people joined in a chorus of protests against pipelines, compressor stations, power plants, hydrofracking wells and waste dumps and for the restoration of property rights and local control over energy policy in the Southeast.

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.