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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

Hydrofracking
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 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


BREDL Chapters

BREDL welcomes these new chapters:

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




Clean Air


Groups File Lawsuit Against Duke Energy
Power Plant in Hamlet, NC

Sept. 17, 2014: Cary Rodgers, the League's NC Environmental Justice Organizer, said, "Long-time residents tell they are awakened at three o'clock in the morning by loud noises from Duke Energy's combustion turbine power plant. And the air around their homes is filled with bitter tasting smoke." He added, "We are demanding that the EPA offset the disproportionate impact of pollution on this community with a corresponding level of resources and technology to correct the ongoing environmental injustice." Reflecting on the company's shift to natural gas, Lou Zeller, Executive Director of the League, said, "The shift to natural gas is not helping at all. In fact, during the last four years the overall level of pollution at this plant has nearly tripled."

BREDL Press Release | Petition to EPA



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.”

BREDL Press Release | Letter to Augusta Mayor



WAITING IN A CESSPOOL

WAITING IN A CESSPOOL

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.




Coal Ash


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.”

BREDL Press Release



Hydrofracking


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.

BREDL Press Release



Hydrofracking


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."

BREDL Press Release | BREDL Petition



Public Comment Opportunities on
Fracking in North Carolina

Mining and Energy Commission is seeking public input on proposed rules for regulating oil and gas development in North Carolina

Public Hearing in Raleigh

10 am – 2 pm
Aug. 20
at the McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman St.
Raleigh


The complete text of the proposed rules and proposed revisions to existing rules are available online at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=812822fd-9e97-4359-8935-4f07e713f0b1&groupId=8198095

Public Hearing in Sanford

5 pm - 9 pm
Aug. 22
at the Wicker Center
1801 Nash St.
Sanford


The complete text of the proposed rules and proposed revisions to existing rules are available online at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=812822fd-9e97-4359-8935-4f07e713f0b1&groupId=8198095

Public Hearing in Reidsville

5 pm - 9 pm
Aug. 25
at Rockingham High School
180 High School Rd.
Reidsville


The complete text of the proposed rules and proposed revisions to existing rules are available online at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=812822fd-9e97-4359-8935-4f07e713f0b1&groupId=8198095

Public Hearing in Cullowhee

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


The complete text of the proposed rules and proposed revisions to existing rules are available online at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=812822fd-9e97-4359-8935-4f07e713f0b1&groupId=8198095

Written Comments accepted July 15 - September 30, 2014

Hard copy written comments should be sent to:
Oil and Gas Program
DENR-Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources
1612 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1612


Written comments may also be submitted electronically through the state Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources website at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mining-and-energy-commission/public-comment-meetings.

Comment Period has been extended. Now, the public comment period ends at 5 p.m. Sept. 30, 2014.





Clean Air


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.

BREDL Comments (includes photos)



Clean Air


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?

BREDL Comments



Hydrofracking



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).



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Sign the Petition
Petition

Make Radiation Visible Petition

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


Summer 2014

The League Line: Summer 2014 issue is now available online.


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.



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The League Line


BREDL's Summer 2014 newsletter available online

The LEAGUE LINE: Summer 2014

- 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
Summer 2014
- 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 community empowerment.