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

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:

Martinsville Henry Citizens for Appropriate Roads (Martinsville, Henry Co., VA) - March 2016

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

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

Protect Our Fresh Air (Ashe Co., NC) - August 2015

High Country Wataugans Against Toxins Close to Home (Watauga Co., NC) - May 2015

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

Safeguard America's Resources

Virginia Gas Pipeline Opponents Invite “Keystone Killer” Jane Kleeb to Speak at Public Events

April 20, 2016: Community groups across Virginia who are fighting the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines have invited Jane Kleeb to Virginia to share her experience of bringing together an unlikely alliance of landowners, farmers, ranchers and Tribal Nations to fight the Keystone XL pipeline.

Kleeb is president of Bold Nebraska and the Bold Alliance. She earned the nickname "Keystone Killer" in Rolling Stone Magazine for her role in successfully stopping the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska.

Friday, April 22 Venues:
Boones Mill (10am) Heatherwood Apartments, Community Room, 1009 Heatherwood Drive, Boones Mill, VA 24065
Roanoke (12pm) Unitarian Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Rd. S.W. Roanoke, VA 24015
Virginia Tech (2:30pm) Atrium, Major William Hall, 220 Stanger St. Blacksburg, VA 24061

BREDL Press Release

Safeguard America's Resources

BREDL Fact Sheet: Small Modular Reactors

April 2016: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expecting an application for a site permit from the Tennessee Valley Authority to build a new type of nuclear powered electric generating plant near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The application is expected on or before May 12, 2016. BREDL staff and volunteers attended the NRC’s recent public meeting about the project and is working with local residents who are concerned about TVA’s plans.

BREDL Fact Sheet

Safeguard America's Resources

BREDL and WACE file Legal Challenge against
Proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline

Mar. 10, 2016: Today anti-pipeline groups announced a new legal challenge to the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and its chapter Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy have filed a request for rehearing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, challenging the recent Order of Approval issued by the federal agency. The challenge centers on three issues: economics, environmental justice and eminent domain.

BREDL Press Release | BREDL Legal Challenge

Clean Air

BREDL files Clean Air Act citizens suit on air toxics

On February 24, 2016, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and three other environmental organizations filed a lawsuit in US District Court to compel the US Environmental Protection Agency to update long-overdue standards for thirteen types of industries which emit hazardous air pollution. The goal of the lawsuit is to force EPA to fulfill its mandate to review and determine the risk to public health and set more stringent standards. Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League’s legal representative in this case is Nicholas Morales, Associate Attorney for Earthjustice in Washington, DC. The other plaintiffs bringing the lawsuit are Clean Wisconsin, Midwest Environmental Defense Center and the Sierra Club.

BREDL Press Release | BREDL Legal Complaint

Nuclear - Bellefonte

BREDL and our chapter Bellefonte Efficiency and Sustainability Team/Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation propose to the TVA Board to direct TVA to withdraw its Combined License Application for
Bellefonte 3 and 4 nuclear reactors

Feb. 10, 2016: The Tennessee Valley Authority is wasting tens of millions of dollars annually propping up its twice abandoned Bellefonte plant. Truly, it is a zombie reactor. It is time to face the facts. Today, we presented a fiscal analysis revealing fractured accounting and the staggering debt load which nuclear power has saddled onto TVA, evidence favoring withdrawal of the license application at Bellefonte.

BREDL Statement to TVA Board

Sound Pollution

Noise from Mountain View Speedway Harmful to
Boone Quality of Life

Jan. 21, 2016: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League released a report on sound pollution and called on the Town of Boone to protect residents from excessive levels of noise from stock car races at the newly opened auto speedway on Roby Green Road. The report, "Noisy Neighbors–Sound Pollution in the High Country", reveals the hazards to mental and physical well-being of residents in neighborhoods near the track.

BREDL Press Release | BREDL Technical Report

Nuclear - Plant Vogtle

BREDL & Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff respond to Southern Nuclear and the NRC on the Plant Vogtle
petition to intervene

Jan. 11, 2016: In our legal brief filed January 11, 2016, BREDL and its chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff have demonstrated that safety margins have been reduced at the nuclear reactors now under construction in Waynesboro, Georgia. Southern Company's failure to obtain a license amendment at Plant Vogtle prior to implementing the changes is a violation of federal regulations.

Read BREDL comments


BREDL comments to Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy regarding proposed fracking regulations

Dec. 15, 2015: "The currently proposed regulations for oil and gas drilling in Virginia would not protect citizens from even the most minor effects of this hazardous practice. They would instead allow a cascading series of harmful practices to compound already existing realities of climate change, sea level rise, land subsidence, and greenhouse gas emissions that would have game-changing effects on the state of Virginia as a whole."

Read BREDL comments

Nuclear - Plant Vogtle

BREDL and chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff
Petition U.S. NRC

Dec. 7: Southern Nuclear Operating Company is seeking to amend its license to relax the construction standards for the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant Units 3 and 4. If permitted by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the changes would alter the reactors’ critical radiation shielding walls. BREDL and Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff oppose the license amendment because it would endanger plant safety, plant personnel and the surrounding community.

Read BREDL Press Release | View BREDL Petition

Coal Ash

BREDL Demands that Duke Energy cease the dumping of coal ash on the Brickhaven community in Chatham County, NC

Nov. 28, 2015: In a letter to Duke Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Lynn Good, BREDL demands that Duke Energy immediately cease the dumping of coal ash at the Green Meadow, LLC landfill in Brickhaven, North Carolina.

Read BREDL Letter

Safeguard America's Resources

League Files Mountain Valley Pipeline Intervention
Finds 3 Fatal Flaws in Pipeline Permit

Nov. 24, 2015: Today Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) took legal action to challenge the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) by filing a motion to intervene and protest the process. After a careful review of MVPs resource reports regarding the proposed project, the League cited crucial information that challenges the MVP’s request for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity on three grounds.

Read BREDL Press Release | View Petition to Intervene

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Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station
Buckingham County, VA
High Levels of Air Pollution Would Be Emitted

November 2015: Dominion Transmission, Inc. wants to build a series of compressor stations to move gas through the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. If constructed, the Buckingham Compressor Station would have four natural gas-powered turbines with a total of 40,715 horsepower operating 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

View BREDL Fact Sheet

Nuclear - Plant Vogtle

BREDL and its chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff provide comments on the proposed License Amendment Request for the Vogtle nuclear power plants

Nov. 9, 2015: Southern Company has filed a license amendment request for the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia which would allow the preemptory alteration of the license before a full public review. We oppose the granting of the Preliminary Amendment Request and the License Amendment itself. Our principal interests are the health and safety of our members living near the plant and the general public.

View Comments

Safeguard America's Resources

BREDL moves to intervene regarding
proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Nov. 6, 2015: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League expanded its legal challenge of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline based on new information from the United States Forest Service. BREDL soil scientist Jeff Walker stated: “This is obviously a violation of protocol and indicates, at the very least, improper oversight. The company needs to go back to the drawing board and begin the process again.” BREDL organizer Sharon Ponton, a resident of Nelson County, Virgina, stated: “If Dominions cuts corners and tries to weasel out of the protocols set by the US Forest Service, what are they doing to private property owners whose soil is at risk? We cannot trust them.”

View Motion to Intervene

Clean Air

BREDL and Concerned Citizens of Richmond County hold Press Conference regarding Duke Energy's Turbines
located in Hamlet, NC

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.

More info: Press Release | Petition

Winter 2016

The League Line: Winter 2016 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:

April 2016 BREDL Fact Sheet - Small Modular Reactors

Nov. 2015 BREDL Fact Sheet - Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station, Buckingham County, VA

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"

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 - 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 Winter 2016 newsletter available online

The LEAGUE LINE: Winter 2016

- Cover: As Clear as Coal Ash by Therese Vick
- Cover: Knocking on Doors to Build Power by Whitney Whiting
- Atlantic Coast Pipeline: Local Economic Benefits Overstated & Not Auditable by Pastor Cary Rodgers
- Living Without A Voice by Rev. Charles Utley
- Director's Report: Social Change Availeth by Louis Zeller
- Preserving our History, Protecting our Land by Carolyn Reilly
Winter 2016
- Vogtle: League Identifies, Challenges Vogtle Relaxed Construction Standard
- Meet the New BREDL Staff
- Paris Agreement Points to Global Resolve, Effective Local Action by Sandy Kurtz
- From Turkey to Paris: Adventures and Actions of a Traveling Climate Activist by Mara Robbins
- How to Train a Trainer, Grassroots Style by Sharon Ponton
- Bellefonte: TVA Fiddles While Commission Churns

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.