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The Atlantic Coast Pipeline: A Step Backward

For more information about how you can get involved, please contact the Friends of Nelson

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Field Tour

Signal Corps Knob Lookout Area
Signal Corps Knob is a 3,894 ft / 1,187 m mountain peak near Craigsville, Virginia, United States. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 114th highest mountain in Virginia and the 30908th highest mountain in the United States.


Atlantic Coast Pipeline Field Tour

Sunday, March 15 (new date)

There are a few seats left for this rescheduled tour.

Come learn about the proposed route through the George Washington National Forest. Meet landowners near the forest who will be impacted, learn about the unique geology of this area, and see the just some of the special places threatened by the pipeline. The tour includes a 2.5 hour hike to the base of Signal Corps Knob.

If the outing is full – please sign up below and we’ll contact you if a space opens on our waitlist. We have planned stops along the route from Churchville to Confederate Breastworks. Come see what will happen if Dominion’s plans are realized.



WILD VIRGINIA is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to preserving wild forest ecosystems in Virginia’s National Forests.

Augusta, Nelson county residents won’t back down over Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Rally on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall

Several volunteers from Friends of Nelson visited FERC chairperson Cheryl LaFleur and staff in Washington D.C. on January 9.  They also spoke to staff in Senator Kaine’s and Warner’s offices, giving them information from the following presentation, containing some of the strongest points against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Nelson County.

Friends of Nelson
PO Box 33
Nellysford, VA 22958

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No Pipeline

Friends of Nelson


The effects of fracking are felt far and wide. No Pipeline looks at a community in Nelson County, Virginia fighting a gas pipeline which threatens the beauty of the countryside and changes the way of life they have come to love.

Spectra suspends pipeline proposal

Spectra Suspends Pipeline Proposal

According to a late-breaking story in The Recorder (the newspaper of record for Bath and Highland counties), Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp has dropped their plans to run a fracked gas pipeline from the Marcellus Shale gas fields in West Virginia, passing through Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison, Orange on its $4 billion, 427 mile route to a Duke processing plant in North Carolina.

“We will continue to evaluate opportunities in the region which could include the study corridor in your area, and should there be developments, we will keep you informed,” Spectra spokesman Arthur Diestel said

Rural Madison has accordingly suspended its online petition drive and public meeting, which had been scheduled for September 10th.  We will keep you apprised of any further developments.

Thank you for your support!


Spectra Energy of Houston has announced plans for a 36″ transmission pipeline, pushing up to 1.1 Bcf/d of fracked gas under high-pressure through the Virginia Piedmont, impacting Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison, Orange and Albemarle counties on its 427-mile route from the Marcellus Shale gas fields in West Virginia to a Duke Energy facility in North Carolina.

The issues are numerous and complex. Rural Madison respectfully encourages citizens (whether you are in favor of the pipeline or not) to call upon the Board of Supervisors to convene a public hearing with Spectra BEFORE the FERC application is filed.

In the meantime, be wary of any attempt to use the threat of eminent domain as a negotiating tool.

Petition - Madison Board of Supervisors: Convene a public hearing on the proposed pipeline project! - GoPetition



Here are just a few of the many concerns that we’re hearing:

  • A clearcut right of way will divide and fragment forest and wildlife habitat. The pipeline will cross numerous watersheds, rivers, streams, springs, wetlands and riparian areas. Sediment erosion and leakage are potentially a permanent threat to water and air quality.
  • Surveys, blasting, excavation and construction of pipelines are done by experienced, out-of-state journeymen. Few, if any jobs will awarded to local workers.
  • Because of a 2004 Amendment to the Virginia Code (§ 56-49.01), natural gas companies take the position that they may survey private property without the consent of the property owner.
  • An easement may be granted through eminent domain with the property owner being left with restricted use of that easement. Conservation easements are no guarantee against eminent domain.
  • Property owners could see a decrease in property values due to restricted use of the easement. The visual impact of a wide clearcut (and possible surface structure occupancy) of the pipeline might further reduce property value.
  • Pipeline easements may potentially complicate and limit loan and mortgage possibilities.
  • Energy companies like Spectra prefer to pick off the opposition one-by-one. The last thing they want to do is to speak on the record in a public setting—that’s the stuff that movies are made of.
  • Natural gas production serves to continue our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels, further delaying widespread deployment of clean energy technologies.

Rappahannock Votes to Oppose Spectra Pipeline

On Monday, July 7, 2014, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted to oppose the alignment of Spectra Energy’s  proposed  36″ high-pressure, fracked gas transmission pipeline in their jurisdiction.

(see additional pipeline resources at the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Rappahannock News, as well as additional articles herein.)


A Pipeline Too Far?

Spectra Energy of Houston has announced plans for a $4 billion 36″ high-pressure fracked gas transmission pipeline through the Virginia Piedmont, impacting Fauquier, Rappahannock, Madison , Culpeper and Orange counties on its run from West Virginia to North Carolina.

Rural Madison recommends that landowners get all the facts before agreeing to allow any new right-of-way to cross their property.

Spectra Gas Pipeline Proposal Community Meeting

Hosted by The Piedmont Environmental Council

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 6-8pm

Germana Community College (104A Daniel Technology Center)
18121 Technology Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701



Recent pipeline accidents


  • 2000 On January 10, approximately 100 barrels of jet fuel were discharged from Plantation Pipeline in Newington, Virginia, some of which entered into Accotink Creek and its adjoining shorelines. The failure resulted from a failed gasket on an interface detector.[2]
  • 2000 Koch Industries agreed to pay on January 13 a $35 million fine, due to a series of oil pipeline leaks, including 300 from 1990 to 1997. One of the allegations was the leaks were from a lack of maintenance of the pipelines.[3]
  • 2000 On January 21, a Chevron pipeline leaked from a welding flaw near Corinne, Utah, spilling about 100 barrels of diesel fuel. The product spread over 38 acres of salt flat and wetlands used by birds. About 75% to 80% of the spill was intentionally burned to eliminate it.[4][5]
  • 2000 On January 27, in Winchester, Kentucky, a Marathon Oil pipeline accident released about 490,000 US gallons (1,900,000 L) of crude oil. NTSB investigators found a dent on the bottom of the pipe in the rupture area. Marathon spent about $7.1 million in response to the accident.[6][7]
  • 2000 On February 5, a pipeline failed and spilled over 192,000 US gallons (730,000 L) of crude oil in the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania. The source of the spill was a break in a miter bend in the pipe, which was estimated to be at least 50 years old.[8][9]
  • 2000 A petroleum pipeline failure in Greenville, Texas, on March 9. A 28-inch pipeline ruptured and released 13,436 barrels (2,136.2 m3) of gasoline. The released eventually reached East Caddo Creek. The banks of the tributary and creek contained the escaping gasoline as it flowed away from the ruptured pipe. The probable cause of the pipeline failure was corrosion-fatigue cracking that initiated at the edge of the longitudinal seam weld at a likely preexisting weld defect. Contributing to the failure was the loss of pipe coating integrity.[10]
  • 2000 A pipeline released fuel oil near Chalk Point, Maryland, on April 7. The Piney Point Oil Pipeline system, which was owned by the Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), experienced a pipe failure at the Chalk Point Generating Station in southeastern Prince George’s County, Maryland. The release was not discovered and addressed by the contract operating company, Support Terminal Services, Inc., until the late afternoon. Approximately 140,400 US gallons (531,000 L) of fuel oil were released into the surrounding wetlands and Swanson Creek and, subsequently, the Patuxent River as a result of the accident. No injuries were caused by the accident, which cost approximately $71 million for environmental response and clean-up operations.[11]
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Fracked Gas Pipeline to Cut Through Madison County

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Spectra Energy of Houston has announced plans for a 36″ high-pressure fracked gas (up to 1.1 Bcf/d) transmission pipeline through the Virginia Piedmont, impacting Fauquier, Rappahannock, Madison, Culpeper and Orange counties on its run from West Virginia to North Carolina.  Just one of the many concerns is that methane traps 86 times as much heat as CO2 (carbon dioxide) over a 20-year period.

Gas line projects are tricky, because there is a huge amount of natural gas being produced in Marcellus Shale areas and a high demand to gain access to that gas. Regulators are looking very favorably on any project that will enhance our access to that “cheap natural gas”.

We believe developers and regulators need to approach projects in a way that does not unduly harm the environment or sacrifice safety for rapid construction. Once a pipeline is built, it is there for many years into the future and expansion projects often follow. Our experience in the past has also taught us that when an infrastructure project is proposed, it is rarely the only thing under consideration — there are often associated structures (like pumping stations), alternative routes, the potential for co-located facilities like transmission lines, telecom facilities, etc, and other factors that need to be considered as well.

If you live along the route, or know somebody who does, we suggest that landowners get all the facts about the need and route of this pipeline before agreeing to allow any new right-of-way to cross their property. Gas pipeline rights-of-way are complicated legal documents, and very often give the gas company rights to place more than just underground pipelines on your land. Talking to a qualified attorney about your rights is an important step before making any major decisions about your property.



July 8, 2014 6-8pm

Spectra Gas Pipeline Proposal Community Meeting in Culpeper

Germana Community College (104A Daniel Technology Center)
18121 Technology Drive, Culpeper, VA

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